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The film was an adaptation of the play A Roomful of Roses by Edith Sommer, with Betty Lou Keim reprising her Broadway role. Teenage Rebel was the first black-and-white CinemaScope film.
Nancy Fallon (Ginger Rogers), a divorcee who has trouble communicating with her 15-year-old daughter Dodie (Betty Lou Keim). Left in the custody of her father (Michael Rennie), Dodie feels as though her mother has deserted her.
Reisch later said it was one of his favorite films, saying "It was a beautiful idea: a girl, the daughter of a woman who had meanwhile remarried, comes to the house to meet her new family. [Edmund] Goulding directed it. We only used the nucleus, the germ of the play, and made a lovely picture, a big success. But it was in black-and-white CinemaScope; again we couldn't get the color camera."
The film was known as Our Teenage Daughter and Dodie before Fox settled on Teenage Rebel. In June 1956 Betty Lou Kenim was cast in her stage role.
Filming started in June 1956. The movie was the only film being shot on the Fox lot.
^Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN978-0-8108-4244-1. p250.
^'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957.
^LUNTS RETURNING IN PLAY TONIGHT: Edna Best and Brian Aherne Also Are Starred in Noel Coward's 'Quadrille' By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times November 3, 1954: 35.
^STRATFORD GROUP REACHES RUBICON: American Shakespeare Fete Opens Tonight With 'Julius Caesar' as Initial Bill
By ARTHUR GELB. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]July 12, 1955: 21.
^A Roomful of Roses' Opens at Playhouse: Play by Edith Sommer Merits Bouquets Betty Lou Keim and Patricia Neal Praised By BROOKS ATKINSON. New York Times October 18, 1955: 48.
^PLAY ROLE TAKEN BY LINDA DARNELL: Film Actress Signs Contract to Bow Here Next Fall in 'Harbor Lights' Garbo May Do Play Harris Goes to London By LOUIS CALTA. New York Times July 12, 1956: 15.
^Story of 'Roomful of Roses' Seems to Have Some Thorns Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune May 10, 1955: b5.
^Diana Dors Signed by R.K.O. New York Times May 25, 1956: 26.
^REPUBLIC PLANS 18 NEW PICTURES: Studio Will Resume Filming Operations in July With Low-Budget Program Columbia Signs Reinhardt By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times. New York Times June 15, 1956: 30.
^PROBLEMS SLOW ACTIVITY AT FOX: Story and Talent Difficulties Keep Studio From Planned Film Production Record Tony Curtis to Star Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times June 16, 1956: 12.