The Reluctant Debutante

The Reluctant Debutante is a 1958 American Metrocolor comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Pandro S. Berman from a screenplay by Julius J. Epstein and William Douglas-Home based on Douglas-Home's play of the same name. The music score is by Eddie Warner and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.


When 17-year-old Jane Broadbent comes to London to live with her wealthy father Jimmy Broadbent, her stepmother Sheila feels compelled by her own social aspirations to introduce Jane to society. Jane is bored by the debutante balls she attends and the young men she is introduced to, but she becomes interested in a drummer named David Parkson who has a reputation for leading young women astray. To complicate matters, an upper-class man with perfect credentials, David Fenner, relentlessly pursues Jane although she openly detests him.

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    contentLocation London
    director Vincente Minnelli
    editor Adrienne Fazan
    genre comedy
    keywords debutante social status young women
    musicBy Eddie Warner
    producer Pandro S. Berman
    publisher Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    recordedAt Paris
    theme romantic comedy