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The Wayward Girl (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 22 September 1957 (USA)


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Complete credited cast:
Marcia Henderson ...
Peter Walker ...
Tommy Gray
Katherine Barrett ...
Frances Wingate
Ira Molson
Rita Lynn ...
Midge Brackett
Peg Hillias ...
Hilda Carlson
Tracey Roberts ...
Dot Martin
Ric Roman ...
Grandon Rhodes ...
District Attorney Nevins
Investigator Butler (as Francis DeSales)
Parole Agent


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SHE FOUGHT For the Right to Love...In a City of Violence and Terror!




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22 September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wayward Girlz  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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For a 1950s film, this one is very daring and ahead of its time.
21 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Marcia Henderson plays Judy, a nice young lady who ends up going through hell...and through no fault of her own. She lives with her step-mother and the step-mom is a needy mess of a woman. She's engaged to a man who is no good and who keeps putting his dirty paws all over the teen...but the step-mom makes it clear that nothing the man does will result in her telling him to leave. Not surprisingly, a short time later the man tries to rape Judy and Judy fights back...hitting him in order to get away from him. When the step-mom comes into the room and realizes what's happened, she is enraged and kills her fiancé! However, she pretends as if she did nothing and there were no witnesses and Judy is convicted of Manslaughter and sent to prison.

After serving part of her sentence, Judy is eligible for parole. The problem is that she has no place to go so it looks as if she'll be stuck in prison. However, some 'nice people' come to the parole board and ask that she be paroled to their farm so that she can have a place to live and work. Surprisingly, the parole board agrees and doesn't even investigate the place. What they don't realize is that the 'brother and sister' who so kindly have offered Judy a place to live are actually planning on prostituting her. After all, if she doesn't agree, they'll just have her sent back. So what's coming next for this sad young woman?

I think the choice of having a no-name actress play Judy was a good idea, as otherwise she would have seemed more like an actress than a young lady in trouble. Also, while the film is very salacious, it is ahead of its time and talks about sexual abuse and human trafficking....very important topics which were generally ignored up until then and which STILL don't receive enough attention. Well worth seeing and surprisingly well made.

By the way, if you do watch this one, look for Barbara Eden in small part near the beginning of the picture.

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