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Spring Reunion (1957) is a bittersweet drama that centers on the fifteen-year reunion of the fictional Carson High School class of 1941. Maggie Brewster (Betty Hutton), once voted the most popular girl in her class, has a successful career, but her one regret is that she never married. When she runs into an old flame at the reunion (Dana Andrews), it looks as if the two might be meant for each other after all. However, his aversion to commitment and her unwillingness to step out of her comfort zone threatens to kill their romance before it even begins.
Spring Reunion is an uncharacteristically subdued drama for the usually vivacious Betty Hutton. However, her thoughtful and heartfelt portrayal of Maggie only proves her range as a dramatic actress. Spring Reunion marked Hutton's final appearance in a feature film before moving on to television and eventually leaving show business altogether.
The always wonderful Jean Hagen is a bright addition to the cast in her supporting role as Hutton's old high school chum, Barna. Watch for Irene Ryan, better know as "Granny" on The Beverly Hillbillies, in a small but humorous role as a faculty advisor intent on making sure that no alcohol finds its way into the punchbowl. Former silent film star Laura La Plante also appears in her final screen role as Hutton's mother.
Spring Reunion is also notable for being one of the first films to be made by actor Kirk Douglas' Bryna Productions.
Producer: Jerry Bresler
Director: Robert Pirosh
Screenplay: Elick Moll, Robert Pirosh, based on a story by Robert Alan Arthur
Cinematography: Harold Lipstein
Art Direction: Paul Groesse
Music: Earle H. Hagen
Film Editing: Leon Barsha
Cast: Dana Andrews (Fred Davis), Betty Hutton (Maggie Brewster), Jean Hagen (Barna Forrest), Sara Berner (Paula Kratz), Robert F. Simon (Harry Brewster), Laura La Plante (May Brewster).
by Andrea Passafiume