The Godless Girl (1929)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  31 March 1929 (USA)
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Two teenagers, one an atheist and the other a Christian, fall in love at a brutal reform school.



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Complete credited cast:
Judy Craig - The Girl
Mame - The Other Girl
Bob Hathaway - The Boy (as George Duryea)
The Brute
Eddie Quillan ...
Samuel 'Bozo' Johnson - The Goat
Mary Jane Irving ...
The Victim
Clarence Burton ...
Prison Guard
Richard Alexander ...
Prison Guard (as Dick Alexander)
Kate Price ...
Prison Matron
Hedwiga Reicher ...
Prison Matron (as Hedwig Reicher)
Viola Louie ...
Emily Barrye ...


High school students led by the Girl and Boy turn from Christianity toward secret atheistic meetings. When a girl is accidentally killed by a stairway collapse, the Girl and Boy go to reform school where they are treated brutally. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

31 March 1929 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Keene was cast after deMille saw him in an industrial film produced for the National Safety Council by W. Allen Lucey of the Worcester Film Corporation. See more »


Opening Title Card: [first card] It is not generally known that there are Atheist Societies using the schools of the country as their battle-ground - attacking, through the Youth of the Nation, the beliefs that are sacred to most of the people.
Opening Title Card: [second card] And no fanatics are so bitter as youthful fanatics.
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A good film, but . . .
29 December 2008 | by (Trenton, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed this film. Noah Beery was appropriately villainous and the stars were attractive and appealing.

However, as a life-long atheist, I was offended by De Mille's take on the question of atheism vs. belief. It is clear that he considers atheism to be a very evil thing and something that should be shunned, if not forcibly eliminated.

To my eyes, the religious kids in the school were the truly intolerant ones, who came to the atheist meeting with the intention of breaking it up, using force if needed. Force was indeed used, and the ensuing Merle resulted in the unnecessary death of a student.

The reformatory was a hellish place, though it was interesting that De Mille put in a disclaimer to the effect that although the events depicted actually do take place in some reformatories, there are many that actually try to rehabilitate, so we shouldn't judge such places too harshly.

The first is exciting and it seems that the set was actually burned down, with injuries inflicted on the star.

As an atheist, I wasn't too fond of the heroine's conversion.

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