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Teenage Doll (1957)

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A delinquent girls' gang pursues a nice ingenue linked romantically to the male leader of a rival gang, and apparently to the murder of one of their members.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
June Kenney ...
Barbara Bonney
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Helen (segment "Hel")
John Brinkley ...
Eddie Rand
Colette Jackson ...
May (as Collette Jackson)
Barbara Wilson ...
Betty Herne
Ziva Rodann ...
Eva (segment "Squirrel") (as Ziva Rodan)
Sandra Smith ...
Lori (segment "Lor")
Barboura Morris ...
Janet
Richard Devon ...
Det. Dunston
Jay Sayer ...
Wally Tomasek
Richard H. Cutting ...
Police Sgt. Phil Herne (as Richard Cutting)
Dorothy Neumann ...
Estelle Bonney
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Police Officer 'Dutch' / Blind Man
Bruno VeSota ...
Fat witness
Paul Bryar ...
Helen's Father
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Storyline

The Black Widows, a teenage girl gang, find one of their number killed; they suspect Barbara, sometime girlfriend of the leader of rival gang The Vandals. As the gangs prepare for a rumble, we glimpse the members' home lives, exaggerating every type of family dysfunction; but that of their "average American" quarry is no better. Full of shadowy urban night scenes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In theatres, this film was preceded by the following titles: "A warning to vandals and hoodlums! This theatre is reserved for people who came to watch and enjoy the show. If you engage in any destructive acts or noisy conduct, we don't want you here! You'll not only be asked to leave, if your actions justify it, you will be prosecuted. Remember this warning and guide yourselves accordingly. (a) The Management." See more »

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Pre-credits titles: This is not a pretty picture... It could not be pretty and still be true. What happens to the girl is unimportant... What happens to the others is more than important; it is the most vital issue of our time. This story is about a sickness, a spreading epidemic that threatens to destroy our very way of life. We are not doctors... We can offer no cure... But we know that a cure must be found...
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Desperate young beauty spends all night fleeing from street gang's vengeance
21 October 2006 | by (Durham NC) – See all my reviews

This is a real cult film, no doubt about it. The sheer rawness of the characters and their environment stand in stark contrast to the wholesome image of American teen life in the Fifties,as portrayed in contemporary TV fare like Leave It To Beaver and Father Knows Best. The film is still toned down from the realism prevented by the production code, but it has a fierce, uncompromising quality about it that borders on real despair. Apparently, the semi-happy ending was tacked on at the last minute, and it weakens the film a little, but it remains a powerful story nonetheless. June Kenny is really good in the title role of the would-be delinquent who gets more than she bargained for. Some kind of special award should go to John Brinkley for his portrayal of Eddie, the leader of the Vandals gang. He has got to be the ultimate greaser of any Fifties movie, with a casual authenticity about him that is remarkable. Fay Spain is astonishing as Hel, the bad girl leader of the Black Widows gang. There is a jaded, seen too much too young quality about her that seems unforced, and she projects the dynamic quality one would expect to find in a tough , street smart girl leading a pack of delinquent girls. The parents of the June Kenny character are like something that wandered in from somewhere else entirely. The father, Damian O'Flynn, is a stiff, humorless patriarch given to lecturing, and the mother,played by Dorothy Neumann, is in a world all her own, with little girl braids and bows in her hair. There are many great walk-ons and cameos by Roger Corman favorites, including Bruno VeSota as the talkative drunk, and Richard Devon as the detective leading the hunt for the missing girl. The lighting and camera work depict an amazingly convincing night-world of deserted gas stations, lumber yards and auto junkyards, power stations and rundown houses. The movie has a strange, hard to define quality that is tied to these nighttime scenes of pursuit and flight. All in all, not a great film, but a fascinating one. It has a peculiar atmosphere all its own, with terrifically powerful music by Walter Greene adding to the tension created by the ominous settings. Anyone intrigued by Fifties delinquency movies should seek this out.


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