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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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Neil Dillon
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Tony Rand
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Hilda Engstrom
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Judge
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Kate Heath
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Roger Heath (as Sig Rumann)
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Jane Lennox
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Gloria Adams
Larry Williams ...
Terry Mason - Hilda's Date
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Mr. Engstrom
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Prison Inmate
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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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Jeunes filles en surveillance  »

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Trivia

Carole Landis was cast as inmate Ruth but she was replaced by Peggy Shannon. Carole can be seen as an extra in one scene walking behind Ronald Reagan. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Roger Heath: [about his daughter] She has a new car, hasn't she? Another woman driver to make life unsafe on the streets!
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Pre-presidential Ronny
5 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An interesting example of the fast-paced low-budget melodramas the Warner Bros. "B" picture unit run by producer Bryan Foy churned out by the dozens back in the thirties, this film features the pre-presidential Ronny Reagan as a do-good handsome DA who falls for and protects the very likable Jane Bryan. (In later years Bryan's millionaire husband was to become one of the future president's kitchen cabinet.) Reagan played many dreamboat roles like this one in his Warner Bros. contract days and rarely got a chance to show that he possessed real dramatic talent. At the beginning of the film, the 21 one year old Susan Hayward, at the start of her long career, has a small but very noticeable role. Not only was she remarkably beautiful but she could act! Fans of the great German comic actor, Sig Rumann, ("To Be or Not to Be") will enjoy his transformation from Jane's stern Teutonic father to the proud future father-in-law of Reagan.


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