Lovers and Lollipops (1956)

Lovers and Lollipops (1956)

Released: 1956
Genre: Drama, Genre, Romance
Director:
Starring: Cathy Dunn, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Lori March, ,
Run time: 82 min
IMDb: 7/10
Country: USA
Views: 189863

Synopsis

Storyline:
Ann, an attractive widowed New York model, lives in an apartment with her daughter Peggy. The courtship of Ann by visiting engineer Larry, and accompanying misadventures, are seen alternately from their and Peggy’s viewpoint. Filmed realistically at many New York locations.
Written by
Rod Crawford <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin were an odd team. Together they made "The Little Fugitive" and "Lovers and Lollipops". The only other credit either had was Engels’ "Weddings and Babies". Their films appeared rather rough compared to a Hollywood production–using actors who were often non-professionals or budding actors in natural settings–much like the Italian Neo-Realist films. While folks like Truffaut loved their films and felt they helped lead to the French New Wave movement, in the States they were less warmly received and their careers were soon over in film.

"Lovers and Lollipops" is the less famous collaboration from this team. It stars two folks who later would be familiar faces on TV and in films (Lori March and Gerald S. O’Loughlin). The child was played by Cathy Dunn and it was her only screen appearance.

As for the look of the film, the camera-work has a decidedly non-professional look to it–like they are using a high quality home camera. The sound was okay, but it had a sound as if it was dubbed in, a bit rough, later. Now these really aren’t complaints–more a explanation for how the film appeared technically–like a truly independent film. And the music, though not bad, is VERY repetitive.

The film involves a widow with a young child. She has met a nice man and is in love–but there is the child to think of. So, as the man and woman date, they take the child places with them in New York–and it looks like a home movie of some ordinary folks who, frankly, aren’t that interesting. Nor, for that matter, is the child. The film just seems to go on and on…and my wife, who was watching it with me, started insisting that ‘we’d seen ENOUGH of this dull film’. Well, I have a very high tolerance for all kinds of films, but after a while I agreed–the film was going no where and I didn’t want my wife to leave me! So, we both agreed, just before the film ended, to turn it off, as life is too short to watch dull little films like this. I appreciate that the folks did a lot with what they had (which was almost nothing) but they needed more of a script. I say they should have kidnapped or killed the kid…SOMETHING to give the viewer a reason to stick with this one.

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