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High School Girl (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 1935 (USA)
Her mother always raised Beth to be a 'good girl', but never really specified how to be good. One evening her mother decides Beth cannot go to a party even though she had promised Beth she ... See full summary »

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Jane Andrews
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Will Andrews
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Beth Andrews
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Noel Warwick ...
Phil Cudahy
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Peggy Stewart
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Arthur Wanzer
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Her mother always raised Beth to be a 'good girl', but never really specified how to be good. One evening her mother decides Beth cannot go to a party even though she had promised Beth she could go. Beth sneaks out of the house anyway and spends some time with a boy she is in love with. A biology teacher decides that if parents don't tell their children the dangers of the human body, he should do it in order to prevent more accidents from happening. Beth suddenly starts to cry and runs out of the classroom. When her mother hears about this, she thinks that Beth was shocked of having to hear those things and she, together with some of her friends, ask the school to do something about this degenerate teacher. But that was not the reason why Beth was so upset. Written by Kurt Aerden <kurtaerden@yahoo.com>

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Tame Melodrama About Teaching Kids About Sex
27 September 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

High School Girl (1934)

** (out of 4)

Beth (Cecilia Parker) is a good girl whose parents have made her grow up the right way. Pretty soon she falls in love with a young man but when her mom takes back her promise of letting her go to a dance with him, Beth decides to sneak out. This leads to a sexual relationship and she winds up pregnant because she wasn't made aware of what could possibly happen with sex.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL is one of those old exploitation movies that were sold to the public because of their daring messages. Of course, a lot of times these films were passed off as educational movies so that they could get around the censors but the big thing here is the fact that this is basically a drama with zero bits of exploitation. I say that because the word pregnant is never even brought up and if you blink you'll even miss the fact that Beth has sex! If you're a fan of these old moral tales then this is still recommended as there's no question that it's a lot better made than most of its type. If you're expecting something sleazy like SEX MADNESS then you'll be disappointed because this is a pretty straight forward and tame tale of a mother who is to blame for not educating her daughter. The message is hit home several times throughout the 55-minute running time so if you miss it at first just hang in there because it's coming again.

Most will remember Parker as playing the maid in James Whale's FRANKENSTEIN and she turns in a fairly good performance here. Obviously it's not Oscar-worthy but at the same time it's a lot better than what we typically expect. Director Crane Wilbur also shows up in the cast playing the high school teacher who gets fired for trying to teach the kids.


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