Sweet young Betty Miller (Norma Moore) moves from a small town farming community to work in a big department store in Los Angeles, where she falls into the clutches of her co-worker, smooth super-cad Don Bigelow (future Man From U.N.C.L.E star Robert Vaughn), who induces her to take part in a failed stick-up. Betty ends up pregnant and abandoned.
After visiting a drunken abortionist (Timothy Carey), she decides to give the baby up for adoption and ends up in a home for unmarried mothers but has a change of heart. The adoption procedure shown in the film is ridiculous.
The climax – with a minister and his wife taking in Betty and her baby – is a classic slice of melodrama from a master of the genre, Walter Doniger, who was the director of TV’s Peyton Place.
Unwed Mother was released in parts of the US on a double bill with Joy Ride (1958).
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