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So Young So Bad (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1950 (USA)
A psychiatrist and nurse overthrow the abusive heads of a girls' reform school in order to teach the "unfortunate" young women that they have a chance at healthy lives.

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Dr. John H. Jason
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Ruth Levering
Grace Coppin ...
Mrs. Beuhler
Cecil Clovelly ...
Mr. Riggs
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Loretta Wilson
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Dolores Guererro (as Rosita Moreno)
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Jackie Boone
Enid Rudd ...
Jane Fleming (as Enid Pulver)
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Idealistic and naive Dr. Jason arrives at a school for delinquent girls and immediately begins to try to make a difference in the lives of some of the inmates. Oblivious to the sadistic treatment of the girls by the matrons, it takes a rebellious girl named Loretta to open his eyes. Assisted by a female staff member, Jason finally gets proof of the abuse and threatens the head of the school with exposure unless he is given full reign to run things. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Film debut of Rita Moreno. See more »

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When Dr Jason brings Loretta into his office after being sprayed with the hose, her hair is almost completely dry. See more »

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Jackie Boone: [Talking to one of the girls who is leaving] I don't want to see your ugly puss again.
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"A tramp! That's what I'll be when I get outta here!"
30 December 2014 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Optimistic new psychiatrist at a girl's reform school/work camp faces a struggle for authoritative power while trying to change the brutal conditions of the young inmates behind bars. Starkly filmed in black-and-white, this melodramatic second-biller has some surprising resonance and good performances--but also florid "tough girl" dialogue that renders it strictly a dated genre item, at times bordering on camp. Anne Francis (as the riot cell temptress who's already had a baby), Anne Jackson and Rosita (Rita) Moreno are three of the teenagers doing time; each has her share of strong scenes, however the attempt to bring the plot together with a legal interrogation in the final reel doesn't work. **1/2 from ****


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