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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
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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Crime | Drama

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Jeunes filles en surveillance  »

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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 »

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Hilda and Tony rob the bank with Hilda as the get-away driver. When Tony jumps into the back seat after the robbery, Connie is inadvertently caught-up in the confusion and is now a passenger in the front seat. The car is pursued by police and drives dangerously fast making many sharp turns. Scenes change from the interior of the car to exterior shots of the police pursuit; however, at some point both girls are now in the back seat and Hilda has the gun as she shoots at the police. See more »

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Kate Heath: [on Connie's relationship with Neil] They're good friends, that's all. I'd trust Neil Dillon anytime.
Roger Heath: You would, eh? I wouldn't trust any lawyer - or banker, either!
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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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