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Girls on Probation (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 October 1938 (USA)
This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Neil Dillon
Tony Rand
Hilda Engstrom
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Kate Heath
Roger Heath (as Sig Rumann)
Dorothy Peterson ...
Jane Lennox
Gloria Adams
Larry Williams ...
Terry Mason - Hilda's Date
Arthur Hoyt ...
Mr. Engstrom
Prison Inmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Avery


This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a party and lends Connie a dress she "borrowed" from the cleaners where they both work. When the dress gets torn, the owner Jane and her boyfriend Neil notice and Connie gets blamed, fired, and prosecuted for it. Neil is the prosectuing attorney, but feels sorry for Connie, so he drops the charges and loans her the money to pay off the dress. Connie goes to the big city to escape the shame and get a job to pay off Neil. She meets Hilda there and gets mistakenly arrested, along with Hilda and Tony, for bank robbery. A kindly parole officer believes her story and helps get her paroled. Connie returns home, gets engaged to Neal and is doing well when Hilda returns once more and threatens to ruin her life by spilling Connie's secret shame. Written by R Reay <rreay@eteklabs.com>

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22 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jeunes filles en surveillance  »

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Max Hoffman Jr. and 'Dick Rich' (Officers) and George Offerman Jr. (Elevator Operator) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. Carole Landis was in listed as a cast member before production started, but she also was not seen in the movie. See more »


As Hilda continues to blackmail Connie with the threat of telling her father that Connie is in jail, she tells the other prisoners that Connie is her 'stooge' and that is why Connie is scrubbing her cell. Connie has enough of the torment and tosses the bucket of soapy water at Hilda. The water misses Hilda and hits the matron who has come to break-up the fight. As the matron grabs each girl by the arm to escort them out, she is suddenly completely dry. See more »


Hilda Engstrom: [to a priest, as she's dying] Pretty soon I'll be seeing your boss!
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Girls on Probation- Well Worth Probing this One ***1/2
7 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent film dealing with who you meet up. Jane Bryan innocently meets up with her friend, played in fine fashion, by Sheila Bromley. Bromley leads Bryan into 2 horrible escapades leading to jail for both these characters. Bromley, terrific here, is hard-boiled, vicious and will do anything to please her lover.

After her first run in with the law, when she is cost wearing a dress that Bromley stole, Bryan meets up with future D.A. Ronald Reagan, whose young girlfriend turns out to be a very young SUSAN HAYWARD.

Sig Ruman, as Bryan's father, sheds his comic image here in a totally believable performance as a stern father who will not believe his daughter is not up to no good.

This is an exciting film with a great Hollywood ending.

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