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Problem Girls (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 7 April 1953 (USA)
While awaiting his certificate to practice medicine, John Page takes a position the the secret reform school for rich girl-delinquents run by hard-bitten Miss Dixon. Page is forced to treat... See full summary »

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Miss Dixon
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John Page
Susan Morrow ...
Jean
Anthony Jochim ...
Prof. Richards
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Max Thorpe
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Bella
Roy Regnier ...
Dr. Manning
Eileen Stevens ...
Mrs. Kargen (as Eileene Stevens)
Tom Charlesworth ...
Prof. Clammerley
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Nancy Eaton
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Peggy Carstairs
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Claire Harris
Joyce Jarvis ...
Valerie Creighton
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Dorothy Childers
Tandra Quinn ...
Judith
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While awaiting his certificate to practice medicine, John Page takes a position the the secret reform school for rich girl-delinquents run by hard-bitten Miss Dixon. Page is forced to treat a girl called Mrs. Jean Thorpe, heiress to a large fortune and wife of athletic instructor Max Thorpe. He learns that the real Mrs. Thorpe is dead, and his patient is being kept drugged until she can come into the fortune, when Thorpe and Miss Dixon plan to kill her. His threat to expose them leads to his firing and Dixon's threat to report him for practicing medicine without a license. Page instigates a riot among the problem girls at the school that covers his rescue of the drugged girl to safety. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Nothing can tame them, scandal can't shame them!

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Sloppy Concoction
24 September 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Looks like Columbia Pictures was reaching for an exploitation version of Caged (1950), replete with troubled patients, a reformer, and sadistic matrons. What Columbia got instead was a bumbling exploitation flick, replete with chorus-girl patients, wooden dialog, and over-the-top complications. Oh yes, for us guys, it seems all the girls, weird or not, are unusually fetching, straight from Hollywood and Vine.

Plot-wise it seems that straight-arrow Dr. Page (Elliott) takes a job at a girls reform institution, but soon finds the place is more like a Nazi prison camp, run by scheming witch Dixon (Walker). Despite believability, I guess the girls' wealthy parents don't care. Then too, the faculty features such professional types as an elderly professor who gleefully chopped up his wife with a meat cleaver, while discipline takes the form of hanging the girls by wrists under a stream of running water. The sheer steadfastness of the movie makers' approach comes close to camp, but somehow I couldn't even chuckle.

Too bad the tragic Helen Walker had to settle for this mess. She was so good at scheming, e.g. Nightmare Alley (1947). On the downgrade, she still shows her stuff in a thankless role. Meanwhile, that familiar utility actor, Ross Elliott, gets a colorless lead role, but still does his best. Also, can't help noticing that the queen of scream, Beverly Garland (Nancy) gets to unload a real lung blaster. And catch that abrupt ending, like they suddenly ran out of film. Anyway, the screenplay's a mess so unless you're a Helen Walker fan like me, skip it.


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