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Girls in Chains (1943)

When a teacher loses her job because her brother-in-law is a racketeer, she takes a position at a girls' reformatory.



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Cast overview:
Helen Martin
Roger Clark ...
Frank Donovan
Rita Randall
Mrs. Peters
Johnny Moon (as Allan Byron)
Jean Moon
Pinkhead (as Sidney Melton)
Russell Gaige ...
Mr. Dalvers
Lionel Cleeter
Richard Clarke ...
Tom Havershield
Mrs. Grey


When Ruth Martin is discharged from her teaching position because her sister is married to a notorious criminal (who is basically running the city), she accepts a job at a girls correctional facility. Her intent is to try and prepare the inmates for a better life once they are released. Ruth runs up against the supervisor (who is controlled by her brother-in-law) who is only interested in skimming money off the budget and his gang of matrons who only want to keep the girls in line doing laundry. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Release Date:

17 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ragazze in catena  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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24 May 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Girls in Chains (1943)

1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly bad drama from PRC has a school teacher (Arline Judge) being fired from her job because her sister is dating a gangster. The teacher then gets a job in a home for delinquent girls where she tries to clean up the abuse, which might lead back to the gangster. This is an incredibly bad film that really goes beyond badness on all levels. Orgy of the Dead still gets my vote for the worst film ever made but this one here takes the honor for the worst performances I've ever seen. I really never thought acting could get as bad as it does here but the only reason I don't give this thing a BOMB is because of the bad acting, which leads to several laughs throughout the film. I've never really understood all the praise thrown at Ulmer, although I'm a big fan of a couple of his films. His direction here is decent at best but why in the hell didn't he try and get better actors? Yes, this is an ultra-low-budget flick but I've never seen acting this bad. The editing is also quite terrible but that's to be expected. If you're a fan of really bad movies then you might get a few laughs out of this thing but others should stay far away.

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