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Rebellious Daughters (1938)

 |  Drama  |  1 July 1938 (USA)
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Girl moves out of her parents house against their wishes. Gets a job in a dress shop, gets mixed up with dirty pictures and blackmail.


(as Jean W. Yarbrough)


(original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Claire Elliott
Verna Hillie ...
Barbara 'Babe' Webster
Sheila Bromley ...
Flo Russell
George Douglas ...
Joe Gilman
Dennis Moore ...
Jimmie Adams - Reporter
Oscar O'Shea ...
Dad Elliott
Irene Franklin ...
Ma Delacy
Nick Lukats ...
Jerry Girard
Monte Blue ...
Charlie, alias Clint Houston
Kelly, alias Rita Houston
Vivien Oakland ...
Mrs. Webster
Dick Hogan ...
Bill Evans


Girl moves out of her parents house against their wishes. Gets a job in a dress shop, gets mixed up with dirty pictures and blackmail.

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They paid a high price for the luxury and excitement they sought and got!







Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wayward Daughters  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Feature-film debut of director Jean Yarbrough. See more »


Although the girls are working in New York, when Babe's car is pushed over the cliff there are snow covered mountains in the background, indicating they'd driven rather rapidly out to Hollywood. See more »

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Despite the film's MANY shortcomings, I did actually enjoy it.
30 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a silly little exploitation film from Progressive Pictures-- a microscopic little studio of the day. However, unlike a typical exploitation film, this one has pretty good acting and the writing, while very hot stuff for the time, it actually pretty tame. And, oddly, it's actually pretty entertaining and well made for the genre.

Marjorie Reynolds and Verna Hillie star as two walking, talking caricatures. While you are supposed to believe they are real, but represent archetypes of 'problem children' from the day--though both look way too old to be children. One is a spoiled brat whose parents are just too busy to be bothered by taking time out of their self-absorbed lives to a parents. Their child, who I'll refer to as Spoiled Tramp*, is out of control and thinks she knows everything about life. Her friend, Naive Sheltered Idiot*, is incredibly dumb and easily misled. While her father has been very strict, he's been too strict--resulting in a young lady who longs to see the world.

Towards the beginning of the film, Spoiled Tramp convinces her easily convinced pal to go out to a nightclub with her. There, they meet some really annoying young men who are intent on getting drunk and fighting. Not surprisingly, the cops are soon called and the girls find themselves under arrest. The parents' reactions are typical for the archetypes. Spoiled Tramp's mom talks all about how all this affects her and the father, always working, is nowhere to be seen. Naive Sheltered Idiot's father responds by imposing even more rules and less freedom on his daughter (he is a widower). Not at all surprisingly, the pair soon disappear and go to the big city to become fashion models...or so they think.

The modeling jobs they were offered near the beginning of the film do exist. However, the fashionable dress shop is actually a cover for a blackmail business and the girls do not realize that this is actually why they were hired. First Spoiled Tramp is offered an extra job--to set up a young man with some incriminating photos. She is all for this illegal scheme but her trouble is that she is very greedy and way underestimates the people she is working for and soon regrets it...but not for long. Later, Naive Sheltered Idiot is also offered a 'special job'. What happens to her? See the film and find out for yourself.

As I mentioned already, the writing and look of this film is actually very good for this sort of trashy film. Also, while it sure looked like the girls would be forced into prostitution, the racket was clearly blackmail--and with relatively tame set-ups. However, the film also manages to be pretty entertaining for such a cheap B-movie and the finale is quite good. Sleazy late 30s trash with a bit extra when it comes to the look and feel of the movie.

*I couldn't remember the young ladies' names. However, they chose pet names based on their personalities. I couldn't remember them either, so I made up the best ones I could think of.

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