“OUR VERY OWN (1950) starring. Natalie Wood 11 years of age”


Our Very Own is a 1950 American drama film directed by David Miller. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert focuses on a teenaged girl who learns she was adopted as an infant. Ann Blyth, Farley Granger and Jane Wyatt star.


Los Angeles teenager Gail Macaulay is going steady with deliveryman Chuck, a relationship that sparks jeaolusy in her younger sister Joan. When Joan needs her birth certificate in order to obtain summer employment, her mother Lois tells her to look in a box in her dresser, where the girl discovers Gail’s adoption papers.

That evening, at Gail’s 18th birthday party, Joan flirts with Chuck, and when her angry sister confronts her, Joan reveals the truth about her background. The following morning, Lois tells Gail her biological father was killed in an accident before she was born, but her mother, Gert Lynch, is alive. Gail persuades Lois to have their lawyer arrange a meeting with her birth mother, but Lois decides to visit Gert in her Long Beach home first. Gert is thrilled to see photographs of Gail but is loath to let her second husband Jim know she has a child, so Lois arranges a meeting the following evening, when Jim will be out.

After Gail and her friend Zaza depart for Gert’s home, Lois receives a panicked phone call from the woman telling her Jim canceled his plans and is staying home to play cards with friends. Gert waits for the girls outside her house, but before they arrive Jim asks her to prepare refreshments. When Gail enters the house, Gert introduces her as the daughter of an old friend. Gert quietly explains the situation to Gail and apologizes for the mixup.

Gail returns to the car and tells Zaza the reunion went well, then asks if she can spend the night at her house. Chuck, who had arrived at the Macaulay home just before Gail left for the ill-fated reunion with Gert, has spent the worried night with Gail’s parents after having the situation explained to him. When Gail fails to return home, Gail’s parents begin to worry and Chuck goes to Zaza’s house and reproaches Gail for hurting the people who raised her and loved her as their own. This idea of family as “the people who are there for you” is reinforced when Gail learns that Zaza’s father will not be attending their high school graduation ceremony, having chosen to attend an out-of-town party instead.

At the graduation ceremony, Gail imbues her valedictory speech about citizenship with a loving message about the true meaning of family, to the delight of her parents, sisters, and Chuck.


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