Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway – Not So Secret Obsession

This is one of my very favorite after school specials, mostly because of the Brady Bunch connection.  I watched it a few years ago on DVD and can report that what it didn’t retain in relevance, it made up for in kitsch, schlock and camp.  The cautionary tale of what happens to runaway girls (they become street-smart hookers who get slapped around by their pimps) is lost a bit because of the slang and fashions of the 1970s.  I still love it and can attribute this film as the reason I never ran away from home to become a prostitute in Los Angeles.


the wiki:

Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered on NBC on September 27, 1976.

The story follows a 15-year-old girl named Dawn Wetherby (Eve Plumb) who runs away from home to Hollywood and becomes a prostitute to support herself. Dawn finds herself taken under the wing of a tough-talking pimp named Swan. The film’s soundtrack features the song “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.

dawn portrait of a teenage runawayA sequel, Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977), focuses on Dawn’s friend and fellow runaway, Alexander Duncan (Leigh McCloskey). Plumb reprised her role as Dawn for this film.

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