The Unguarded Moment 1956 Esther Williams Crime Drama Color
Stars: Esther Williams, George Nader, John Saxon
The Unguarded Moment Story Line. Lois Conway (Williams) works as a music teacher at a local high school in a small town, where recently a woman was found murdered. When she starts receiving notes from an anonymous admirer, she suspects her favorite student Sandy (Wilder) is responsible, and tells him they could never be lovers. The notes grow more violent and when, in her latest letter, she is invited to meet at the school’s lockers at night, Lois decides to visit, hoping to stop the young man. There, she is attacked by an initial shadowy figure, whom she later identifies as Leonard Bennett (Saxon), the high school’s star football player. Her teaching career is threatened, as is her life. The detective looks for evidence, and brings him in on burglary and murder charges, but Lois wants to drop the matter in hopes of it blowing over.
Soon the story spreads around school, and with gossip surrounding Lois allegedly pursuing Leonard, both her personal and professional life become a mess. One day, she pulls him out of class and tries to reason with him, but he refuses to listen to her. Meanwhile, she grows closer to Graham, who does not understand why she is sympathetic to Leonard…
Tagline: THE PRETTY TEACHER AND THE BOY WHO GREW UP TOO FAST! (original ad all caps)
For 1956, the issues confronted in The Unguarded Moment were well done and almost prophetic! If you’re interested in issues women face, especially with that occasional creepy man, you’d likely find “The Unguarded Moment” of great interest.
- Director: Harry Keller
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Universal International
- Run time: 95 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Color (Technicolor)
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video from The Unguarded Moment
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
In addition to “The Unguarded Moment“, you may also enjoy Paid in Full, starring Robert Cummings and Lizabeth Scott. Both the acting and the direction make the teary script work far better than it had a right to. A thoroughly, impressively professional job all around!
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