Sandra Dee”s first leading role was in The Restless Years which was a 1958 CinemaScope drama film directed by Helmut Kautner and starred John Saxon, Sandra Dee, Theresa Wright, James Whitmore and Launa Patten. She is a 16 year old girl who was raised by a single mother, Elizabeth, a seamstress, and scandalized by the reputation of being illegitimate, although her mother insists that her father died when she was an infant. She has always had dreams of leaving her hometown of Libertyville someday and see the world.
Melinda is taunted by a pair of popular students, Polly and Bruce, at a school dance. She is befriended by a boy named Will who tells her that, as the son of a traveling salesman, he’s lived in many different towns. She likes the sound of that, even though Will’s ambition is to settle down in one place.
Will offers Melinda a ride home, and on the way Polly and Bruce try to...More