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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Atheist  »

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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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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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