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Child Bride (1938)

Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

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Jake Bolby
Diana Durrell ...
Miss Carol
Dorothy Carrol ...
Ma Colton
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Ira Colton
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Jennie is a twelve-year-old girl living with her parents in extremely rural mountain country. Her schoolteacher, Miss Carol, though a mountain girl herself, has gone off to be educated and returned in hopes of stopping the tradition of child marriage which permeates the culture. Jennie's father Ira is a good man who tries to protect Miss Carol from the men who threaten her if she doesn't call off her crusade. One of these men, Jake Bolby, has his eye on little Jennie and plots to make her his bride. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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2 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Although it was released in 1938, Shirley Mills did not see the complete film until the 1980s when a relative gave her a videocassette of it. See more »

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Freddie: I'll beat you undressed, Jennie.
Jennie: Freddie, you ain't goin' swimmin' with me no more. So don't you take your clothes off.
Freddie: Aw, you're teasin'.
Jennie: No, I'm not. I mean it.
Freddie: We've always gone in swimmin' together. Why not now?
Jennie: Teacher says not to.
Freddie: Why?
Jennie: Well, because... because we're not what we used to be.
Freddie: You mean, we're different. How?
Jennie: Naw. We're the same, only you can't see me without my clothes on.
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Child Bride
17 June 2005 | by (spokane,usa) – See all my reviews

Director: Harry J. Revier, Cast: Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Warner Richmond, Angelo Rossitto.

1930's "exploitation" film about the backwoods/backward people of the Ozarks where it is considered acceptable for much older men to marry young adolescent girls. The local school teacher,with the help of her assistant D.A. boyfriend, are trying to have this practice stopped. Anyhow, young Jenny(played by Shirley Mills) is forced to marry much older Jake(played by Warner Richmond). Without giving away the story, Jake blackmails Jenny's mom into letting him wed her daughter.

The way the hillbillies are portrayed in this film is amusing. I got a kick out of the dilapidated old schoolhouse with pigeons on the rafters! Other reviewers have made comments about the nudie skinny dipping scene. There is nothing about it that should trouble anyone. There is a huge difference between pornography and nudity. Yes Shirley Mills was just twelve years old in this movie but there absolutely nothing pornographic in this film. She is simply skinny dipping. It does show her nude going into the water but it is brief and in no way distasteful. The swimming scene alone would not have made this an exploitation film. It is the overall content that makes it so. The idea of old men trying to marry little girls.

The is actually a rather interesting film and the acting although not "Gone With the Wind" material is actually alright. It certainly has a uniqueness about it that keeps the viewer interested in spite of its low budget. This is the only film for most of the actors. Warner Richmond has been in numerous films and Shirley Mills did about a handful of other films including The Grapes of Wrath. I might also add that Angelo Rossitto(the midget) has had a very long career in Hollywood. He has been in movies into the 1980's including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. He was in Tod Browining's classic Freaks from 1932.


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