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Mad Youth (1940)

 -  Drama  -  5 May 1940 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary Ainslee ...
Marian Morgan
Lucy Morgan
Willy Castello ...
Count DeHoven
Betty Atkinson ...
Helen Johnson
Tommy Wonder ...
Lorelei Readoux ...
Margaret Fealy ...
Helen's Grandmother
Donald Kerr ...
Taxi Driver
Ray Hirsch ...
Jitter Bug
Patti Lacey ...
Jitter Bug
Eugene Taylor ...
Jitter Bug
Aileen Morris ...
Jitter Bug
Maxine Taylor ...
Jitter Bug
Pearl Tolson ...
Jitter Bug
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monte Collins ...
Stewart, Singing Bridge Player (as Monty Collins)


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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A JITTERBUG DANCE! (original poster - all caps) See more »







Release Date:

5 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Girls of the Underworld  »

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1.37 : 1
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Orchestra and all acts by courtesy of La Golondrina Cafe, Los Angeles. See more »


Count DeHoven: You mean to tell me you let your daughter go and visit Helen without even knowing where she lives?
Lucy Morgan: Well, yes. She said she'd write in a few days.
Count DeHoven: But all we know about Helen is that she ran away to marry a man she had never seen. A man she met through a matrimonial agency advertisement.
Lucy Morgan: Yes, I... I guess that is so.
Count DeHoven: Don't you know that some of those agencies are the worst kind of traps? That many of the customers are criminals, morons, white slavers, or people who are mentally or physically ...
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Edited into Confessions of a Vice Baron (1943) See more »


I'd Rather Be a Bum on Broadway Than an Angel in the Sky
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For a sleazy exploitation film, this is a cut above the rest!
24 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a sleazy little film about "white slavery"--in other words, women forced into prostitution. While the budget was obviously very low and the production values low, this film actually was pretty watchable due to decent writing--as the plot often surprised me and wasn't completely telegraphed (something usual for the genre). Oddly, while the writing isn't bad, portions of the film look like a second-rate talent show, as various acts (some good, some bad) parade through two scenes that are largely irrelevant. In the first one, there are two excellent jitterbug dancers (this makes sense at a "wild party") and a drum major (huh??!?!). Later, it's pretty much the same.

The plot itself concerns a very vain and stupid mother who is too busy running around with male escorts (the real type, not male prostitutes). Her favorite male escort begins dating her daughter on the sly and you assume he's up to no good--especially since she seems pretty "fast". However, where the film goes next and the actual character of this man was very unexpected--making this very low-budget film worth a peek. Aside from a few poor performances and the odd talent show portions, it's a pretty good suspense film about the seamier side of life.

By the way, for an exploitation film, this one does NOT have any nude scenes--the plot is rather adult and there are some women in lingerie but that's really about all.

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