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Not Wanted

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In Ida Lupino’s directorial debut, the life of a young and naive “unwed mother” (Sally Forrest) spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brasselle) determined to win her heart.

“Ida Lupino’s first film as a director is a startling blend of compassion and invention.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

In 1948, legendary screen actress Ida Lupino left Warner Bros. to co-found The Filmmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate Not Wanted, Lupino tackled the taboo topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream films feared to tread.  In many ways, this extraordinary first directorial effort already bears the stamp of Lupino’s unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character (Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood), the hallucinatory moments (note the amazing subjective camerawork of the childbirth sequence), and the deft location shooting (as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America). (Dir. by Ida Lupino, 1949, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)