The Trouble Maker (1959)
12min · Short, Drama · 1 January 1959
Mel tells often exaggerated stories probably all in an effort to ingratiate himself with his peers, but which he probably also knows causes trouble. In front of some classmates, he implies that he had a date with Susan, knowing that Dean, one of those classmates and a star football player, likes Susan himself, and knowing that all that happened between him and Susan was that he gave her a ride home from the library. Mel later also tells Dean that Andy, a fellow player on the football team, broke curfew, which is probably why Andy isn't playing well. Dean can't help but wonder if Susan and Mel really did go on a date, or if Andy really did break curfew and if he did if it was solely to gallivant around as Mel's story implies. Dean will have to learn the hard way not to believe everything he hears from people like Mel. Mel, in turn, may learn that his stories will not have the effect that he wants if he constantly tattles or exaggerates the truth for his own purpose. The questions become how best for people to deal with someone like Mel, and if the people around him shoulder any responsibility at all for Mel's behavior.
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