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So Evil, So Young (1961)

| Drama | 1963 (USA)
A young girl is framed for a robbery, and sent to a harsh reform school, where she becomes the target of a vicious warden.

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Ann
Ellen Pollock ...
Miss Smith
John Charlesworth ...
Tom
Jocelyn Britton ...
Lucy
Joan Haythorne ...
Matron
Olive McFarland ...
Jane
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Turner
Sheila Whittingham ...
Mary
Natalie Lynn ...
Dormitory Wardress
Colin Tapley ...
Inspector
Gordon Needham ...
Detective
C. Denier Warren ...
Sam
Bernice Swanson ...
Claire (as Benice Swanson)
Annette Kerr ...
Workroom Wardress
Anne Padwick ...
Dormitory Wardress
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A young girl is framed for a robbery, and sent to a harsh reform school, where she becomes the target of a vicious warden.

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BAD GIRLS...and the not-so-bad...walking a tightrope of tension in a girls reformatory! Anything can set it off sky-high! See more »

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Released after the death of actor John Charlesworth, who committed suicide by gassing himself shortly after filming ended. See more »

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About what you'd expect
11 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An innocent girl, Ann (Jill Ireland) is framed by an evil girl, Lucy (Jocelyn Britton) and sent to a borstal (British girls prison). There we have an evil prison guard, suicides, cat fights, riots and a strong suggestion of lesbianism.

For what it is, it's not bad. It's made in bright, strong colors and has a fairly decent script. Jill Ireland is actually pretty good as Ann, Sheila Whittingham is equally fine as a fellow inmate and Ellen Pollock amusingly chews the scenery as the evil Miss Smith. Also the lesbian suggestions were pretty strong for its time. But I can only give this a 5.

For some reason, they play sleazy music almost constantly in the background. It never matches whats playing on the screen and totally destroys any dramatic impact. Also, you can tell the actors are doing a good job, but the music is really distracting. At some points the music almost drowns out the dialogue! What's the point of all that?

So, without the music I would probably give it a higher rating but, as it stands, I can only give this a 5.


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