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Child Bride (1938)

 -  Drama  -  2 March 1938 (USA)
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Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Shirley Mills ...
Jennie
Bob Bollinger ...
Freddie
Warner Richmond ...
Jake Bolby
Diana Durrell ...
Miss Carol
Dorothy Carrol ...
Ma Colton
George Humphreys ...
Ira Colton
Frank Martin ...
Charles
George Morrell ...
Mike Nulty (as Rex Baxter)
Angelo Rossitto ...
Angelo (as Don Barrett)
Al Bannon ...
Happy
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Storyline

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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A THROBBING DRAMA OF SHACKLED YOUTH! (original 1938 one-sheet poster)

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2 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Dust to Dust  »

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$24,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Freddie: I'll beat you undressed, Jennie.
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Jennie: No, I'm not. I mean it.
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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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Strange
8 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Child Bride (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly insane film about mountain men (rednecks) who marry young girls to keep the population going. This film opens with a montage saying this is a warning to the public and it might have been but in the end this is pure exploitation. The shocking thing is that the film is actually very well made and the performances are right on the mark. The sexual nature towards the 10-year-old star is quite disturbing especially one skinny dipping scene, which has some nudity. There are some hilarious moments including a dwarf redneck, a school session with dumb kids trying to learn to spell and other stuff dealing with moonshine. Shirley Miles plays the young bride and her performance is wonderful and again, it's rather shocking too see the sexual nature and nudity. She would go on to star in The Grapes of Wrath.


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