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The Violent Years (1956)

| Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents whom don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men.


(as Wm. M. Morgan)

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Complete credited cast:
Jean Moorhead ...
Art Millan ...
Carl Parkins (as Arthur Millan)
Theresa Hancock ...
Joanne Cangi ...
Gloria Farr ...
Glen Corbett ...
Barney Stetson
Lee Constant ...
Timothy Farrell ...
Lt. Holmes (as Timothy Farell)
F. Chan McClure ...
Det. Artman
Bruno Metsa ...


A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their "fence" gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Teenage killers...fearing no law...taking their thrills without shame! See more »

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Dialogue from the film is sampled by the industrial band Ministry in the song "So What?" on the album "The Mind is a Terrible Thing To Taste". Dialogue sampled includes: "Kill for a thrill", "Kill for the love of killing.", "You have had all that money can give you, but that wasn't enough. You became a thrill seeker...", and "This thrill seeking became the one great thing in your life, piling one thrill on another until a murder." See more »


The courtroom scene when Paula is found guilty, followed by a newspaper that reads sentencing will be next Tuesday. The only thing that changes in the next court room scene (Tuesday) is the mothers hat. Everyone else is wearing the same clothes and the books on the table are in the same position. See more »


[Mr. and Mrs. Parkins reflect on their daughter's crime spree and conviction for murder]
Jane Parkins: It's all my fault. If only I hadn't thought more of my outside interests than I did of Paula. It's a strong, hard lesson we've been taught.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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"So what!"
4 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

The 1956 sociological study of the serious, but rarely spoken about, problem of armed robbery of gas stations perpetrated by affluent young women in tight sweaters during the mid 1950's is one that should surely receive further serious study. The footage of the "criminal attack" on the innocent young man on lovers lane by the beautiful, but depraved, bandits is one that I found highly disturbing. The expose became even more shocking as the pulchritudinous quartet were enlisted into the service of a foreign power, and during a particularly nefarious mission to overturn chairs and tables and knock over books in a classroom, they almost succeeded in doing something terrible to our flag. Also, during the latter mission, policemen, guards, and members of the evil gang were shot during a ferocious gunfight. At the end, the leader of the gang is finally sentenced to the state penitentiary where she gives birth to an out-of-wedlock baby. She dies and the baby is rightfully made to serve out the remainder of her sentence. Meanwhile, the affluent, but self-absorbed, parents of the wayward gangster are given several severe talkings to by the same judge who sentenced their daughter, and they are told to attend church more frequently in the future. This shocking expose was written by Mr. Edward D. Wood, Jr. I for one definitely intend to give a great deal of thought to the problem of bad girls in tight sweaters.

10 stars...or zero stars...? I don't know how to rate Ed Wood's anti-masterpieces. They're so freakin' bad that they go all the way around the dial and become great! Hilariously bad. Not as hilariously bad as Plan 9, but then what is?


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