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Girls on Probation (1938)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  22 October 1938 (USA)
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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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Neil Dillon
Anthony Averill ...
Tony Rand
Sheila Bromley ...
Hilda Engstrom
Henry O'Neill ...
Judge
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Kate Heath
Sig Ruman ...
Roger Heath (as Sig Rumann)
Dorothy Peterson ...
Jane Lennox
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Gloria Adams
Larry Williams ...
Terry Mason - Hilda's Date
Arthur Hoyt ...
Mr. Engstrom
Janet Shaw ...
Prison Inmate
Joseph Crehan ...
Todd
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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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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 »

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Hilda Engstrom: [to a priest, as she's dying] Pretty soon I'll be seeing your boss!
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"B" Movie Fun
23 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Girls on Probation (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely silly but highly entertaining crime picture from Warner is "B" movie from start to finish. A good girl (Jane Bryan) gets arrested after her bad girl friend (Sheila Bromley) steals a dress and blames her. The girl gets off due to a insurance inspector (Ronald Reagan) but a little while later is arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery with the same bad girl and her now boyfriend. Once again, innocent but in the wrong place, the girl gets put on probation but soon her past catches up with her as she's now about to marry Reagan's character and is afraid of what he'll think about having a girl on probation. It's amazing how much "story" gets packed into this 65-minute movie but there's quite a bit and it never slows down. I must admit that the movie kept me entertained from start to finish but the biggest reason as to why I can't give this a higher rating is because Bryan's character has got to be the dumbest in screen history. This is coming from someone who watches over a thousand movies a year but this is without question the dumbest character I've seen in any movie. Bryan's character gets herself into so much trouble and it's all because of her doing dumb things and of course all of this blame goes to screenwriter Crane Wilbur who also directed many shorts for Warner. With that said, the performances are all pretty good with Bryan turning in fine work but the picture certainly belongs to Bromley who is perfect as the bad girl. Reagan is fine in his supporting role and early on it's Susan Hayward playing his girlfriend. The ending is downright stupid and brought me to laughs but that's just part of the entertainment to this thing. Fans of "B" movies will certainly want to check it out. Others beware.


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