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The Godless Girl (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 31 March 1929 (USA)
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
Samuel 'Bozo' Johnson - The Goat
Mary Jane Irving ...
The Victim
Clarence Burton ...
Prison Guard
Prison Guard (as Dick Alexander)
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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31 March 1929 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Keene could not be doubled for a scene where he is sprayed with a fire hose, and the sequence was exhausting to shoot. Co-star Eddie Quillan was also injured in that scene, when he was pushed into a pool of water. Electric cables had been left lying in the water, and Quillan received such a violent shock that it bounced him right back up out of the water. See more »


Bob Hathaway - The Boy: You dirty rat - she'll burn alive!
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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

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Dramatic silent film with score not stolen from Paul Simon
31 December 2008 | by (Katonah, NY) – See all my reviews

I don't usually like silent movies, finding them boring. But this one is actually very good and even quite dramatic. I wanted to comment on something said by another viewer about the score by Carl Davis. They said that the composer had stolen Paul Simon's "An American Tune". Actually, Paul Simon borrowed the theme from Bach's Chorale "Erkenne mich, mein Hueter" from the St. Matthew Passion. This is the actual theme that Mr. Davis used in his score, and he did give credit, listing this and other sources of his themes in the credits at the end of the film.

Also, while my wife and I watched the movie on TCM, we did not see any scenes with spoken dialog as another reviewer mentioned, even though TCM showed a version based on Cecil De Mille's personal nitrate print from George Eastman House. Maybe this version tried to recreate the film as originally envisioned as a full silent film with music.

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