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Delinquent Daughters (1944)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  15 July 1944 (USA)
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A town is shocked when a high school girl commits suicide. A reporter and a cop team up to investigate and find out exactly what is going on among the youth of the town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
June Carlson ...
June Thompson
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Teala Loring ...
Sally Higgins
Mary Bovard ...
Betty Smith
Francine Van Pelt
Johnny Duncan ...
Rocky Webster
Detective Hanahan
Jimmy Zahner ...
Jerry Sykes (as Jimmy Zaner)
John Dawson ...
Nick Gordon (as Jon Dawson)
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Judge Craig (as Frank McGlynn)
Parker Gee ...
Steve Cronin
Warren Mills ...
Roy Ford
John Christian ...
Mr. Thompson
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Mr. Webster
Floyd Criswell ...
Detective Joe Miller


A town is shocked when a high school girl commits suicide. A reporter and a cop team up to investigate and find out exactly what is going on among the youth of the town.

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Not 100% wretched
3 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a bad movie that purports to be an educational film designed to warn America about the menace of teenagers running amok thanks to uninvolved parents. However, like almost all the so-called "educational" films of the 30s and 40s, it was really a shabby little film designed to be snuck past the censors of the Hays Office. In 1934, the major studios all agreed to abide by the dictates of a stronger Production Code--eliminating sex, nudity, cursing and "inappropriate" plots in films (these had actually been relatively common in films in the early 30s). However, in an effort to sneak in smut, small studios created films to shock adults when they learn about terrible social ills, though they were REALLY intended to titillate and slip adult themes past the censors! Such films as MARIJUANA, MAD YOUTH, REEFER MADNESS and SEX MADNESS were all schlocky trash that skirted past the boards because they were supposedly educational. Even though they were laughably bad, they also made money due to low production costs and because they often offered nudity, violence and sordid story lines--all in the name of education!

Unlike many of these films, DELINQUENT DAUGHTERS didn't have nudity, but it sure had lots of sleazy story elements that were sure to titillate. In this film, teens drank, used drugs, committed pointless robberies and assaults and drove like maniacs--all apparently the result of poor parental guidance. And as a result, kids died in this movie--and in the most spectacular ways! The acting and writing were almost universally bad, though the sequence where the judge tells off the parents of these punks actually was amazingly good--too bad everything else was pretty lousy. In fact, one character was so bad, so annoying and so gosh-darn awful, I nominate the ditsy blonde as the most annoying character of the 1940s--she was THAT bad!! Her voice was more grating than Olive Oyl's and she was practically sub-human in her stupidity!

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