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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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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 »


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 »


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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Don't let exploitation-type title keep you away

Despite the title, like something for National Enquirer Studios, "Girls on Probation" is quite good.

Being from Warner Brothers, naturally the cast is first rate. As was so common, there were great actors such as John Hamilton in small uncredited roles.

Jane Bryan, as Connie Heath, is the star, and what a lovely young woman she is here. And what a shame she retired from motion picture making so early. She died almost two months before this writing, 8 April 2009, and as actress and as human being and as American citizen her death is a great loss.

Sheila Bromley plays the ... uh, "friend" who gets Connie into trouble, not on purpose but just by being irresponsible.

She is perhaps familiar to Western fans as Sheila Mannors, the last name being spelled at least three different ways.

She got the last line here in a moving scene.

Reagan's character was one of his most sympathetic and likable, probably much like him in real life, according to friends.

It's easy enough to be cynical about Warner "B" movies, but for those of us who understand the context, and those of us who can see the sense of life, this is a good movie.

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