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Runaway Daughters (1956)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  November 1956 (USA)
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Three teenagers with troubled families are unable to adjust at home and in high-school. Tempted with an easy, carefree life they soon pass from misdemeanors into serious crime - and will suffer for it. Sometimes, repentance comes too late.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marla English ...
Audrey Barton aka Lola Marshall
Gloria Castillo ...
Angela Forrest
Mary Ellen Kay ...
Mary Rubeck
Lance Fuller ...
Tony Forrest
Adele Jergens ...
Dixie Jackson
Ruth Barton
George Barton
Jay Adler ...
Mr. Rubeck
Steven Terrell ...
Bobby Harris
Tommy Burns
Nicky Blair ...
Reed Howes ...
Henry Stevenson
Maureen Cassidy ...
Maureen (Taunting Blond Student)
Anne O'Neal ...
Miss Petrie
Mr. Fields, Little Drunk at Dance Club


Three teenagers with troubled families are unable to adjust at home and in high-school. Tempted with an easy, carefree life they soon pass from misdemeanors into serious crime - and will suffer for it. Sometimes, repentance comes too late.

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They called her "JAILBAIT"!


Crime | Drama


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November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adolescencia perdida  »

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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1956 before being passed with extensive cuts and an 'X' certificate the following year. The DVD is PG rated and uncut. See more »


Remade as Rebel Highway: Runaway Daughters (1994) See more »

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Teen Trouble, Times Three
8 December 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

In the summer of 1956, American-International Pictures (AIP) had scored big with a double feature of GIRLS IN PRISON and HOT ROD GIRL, and followed it up before Thanksgiving with a couple of similar titles, RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS and SHAKE RATTLE AND ROCK. DAUGHTERS shares director Edward L. Cahn, writer Lou Rusoff and two actors, Adele Jergens and Lance Fuller, with PRISON. It also contains the same sneering attitude, to the third power.

RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS tells the story of three teenage girls with bad home situations; Audrey (Marla English) has parents who throw money instead of love at her; Dixie (Mary Ellen Kaye) was abandoned by her mother, and her father keeps her on a short leash to prevent her from becoming a tramp; and Angela (Gloria Castillo) has been abandoned by her parents and decides that life is only worth living if you're drunk and cheap. Angela's role model, unfortunately, is a brother who's a one-bit heel (he's not even good enough to be two-bit), Lance Fuller, who spends half his time planning heists with his cheesy companion, the delightful Adele Jergens (in her last screen role), and the other half getting his greasy fingerprints all over good-girl Audrey. After problems with parents, brouhahas with boys, tempests with teachers, and clashes with cops, our three vivacious vixens steal a car and head south to L.A., city of hopes, dreams, and ten-cents-a-dance sleaze joints. One unwanted pregnancy, one near rape, and one fatal auto accident later, our trio of troubled teens head for home, sadder but wiser. Well, one of 'em does, anyway.

DAUGHTERS has the usual AIP formula: angst-filled kids, condescending adults, and a mixture of young faces (besides those listed above, you'll find familiar AIP stars Frank Gorshin and Steve Terrell) and old veterans (Anna Sten, John Litel, and in cameos Kermit Maynard, Snub Pollard, and Edmund Cobb; in fact, according to Sam Arkoff, Cahn fought to have Miss Sten, a studio joke back in Sam Goldwyn's heyday, given top billing). At a running time of approximately 94 minutes, however, it's much more leisurely paced than most AIP fare of the time, which is not a bad thing. I found myself even more involved in the girls' story than I had been when watching, oh, DRAGSTRIP GIRL or BLOOD OF Dracula, two other kooky she-teen movies from AIP. Recommended.

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