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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:
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Judy Craig - The Girl
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Mame - The Other Girl
Tom Keene ...
Bob Hathaway - The Boy (as George Duryea)
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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)
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Viola Louie ...
Inmate
Emily Barrye ...
Inmate
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Storyline

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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(RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)

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1.33 : 1
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The crew fireproofed the actors' costumes for the fire scenes by spraying them with asbestos. According to Kevin Brownlow, art director Mitchell Leisen even figured out a way to flame-proof their hair. See more »

Quotes

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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Time to re-evaluate deMille
15 March 2008 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Having viewed a new sound-free print accompanied by a top silent-film pianist, I have developed a new respect for Cecil B deMille. I used to regard him as unwatchable. Being a little deaf, I was able to lip-read in the close-ups, so I was highly amused by the witty colloquialisms in the captions. I wonder how the people who later applied a sound track handled that! Judging by the other posts, I think this print had more in it than was shown in other countries. Comments in the foyer afterward: "Television still has a lot to learn" and from a film producer: "It's time to re-evaluate Cecil B". This retired cinematographer saw a very fine piece of direction.


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