While the cat's away the mouse will play and so do bad little teenagers, as this film so obviously states. While their parents are either at war or working in the local defense plant, the working class kids in a small town go crazy. A boy gets run over by a car thief, while a runaway
girl falls in with "a bad crowd." Fortunately a soldier, returning to civilian life after being wounded overseas, opens up a center for the kids to hang out in and helps the boys with job training. This turgid drama was one of the few nonhorror films produced by Val Lewton, creator of THE CURSE OF
THE CAT PEOPLE. He had set out to create a socially important drama, but studio chiefs in...