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Mad Youth (1940)

| Drama | 5 May 1940 (USA)
A rich society mother hires a male escort, but he falls for her daughter instead. The mother-daughter conflict forces the daughter to run off to stay with a friend who is enslaved by a prostitution ring.

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Marian Morgan
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Lucy Morgan
Willy Castello ...
Count DeHoven
Betty Atkinson ...
Helen Johnson
Tommy Wonder ...
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Margaret Fealy ...
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Ray Hirsch ...
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Patti Lacey ...
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Eugene Taylor ...
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Aileen Morris ...
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Maxine Taylor ...
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Pearl Tolson ...
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Monte Collins ...
Stewart - Singing Bridge Player (as Monty Collins)
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A rich society mother hires a male escort, but he falls for her daughter instead. The mother-daughter conflict forces the daughter to run off to stay with a friend who is enslaved by a prostitution ring.

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Are Modern Mothers to be Blamed for the Wild Escapades of Their Sons & Daughters? See more »

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Orchestra and all acts by courtesy of La Golondrina Cafe, Los Angeles. See more »

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Lucy Morgan: I don't wanna grow old!
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Edited into Confessions of a Vice Baron (1943) See more »

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I'd Rather Be a Bum on Broadway Than an Angel in the Sky
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Sleazy morality story
26 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MAD YOUTH is another morality fable which looks at the plight of young girls caught up in vice and prostitution. As usual it tells the tale of an innocent young girl who, through no fault of her own, ends up being imprisoned inside a brothel. Who can save her and will they manage to do it in time?

This film has a slightly different angle to the rest in that the focus of the drama is on the relationship between mother and daughter. In fact, it's the mother's actions - in particular her cavorting with male prostitutes (!) - that causes the daughter to flee from her familial situation and fall into something even worse. Thus the film's erstwhile moral question is whether parents are responsible for the behaviour of their offspring.

There's some cheesy, heavy-handed moralising here, alongside the usual low-rent production values common in such sensationalist dramas. The acting is fairly average, although a little better than I've seen elsewhere. The film also picks up in the last twenty minutes, becoming something of a suspense thriller, and it even offers up some fun fight scenes; sadly it's not enough to make this a good film overall.


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