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So Evil, So Young (1961)

 |  Drama  |  1963 (USA)
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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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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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Girls Caged Without Their Guys! See more »

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No Prison Walls  »

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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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A Lightweight Drama
29 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Girls Caged Without Their Guys!" That's what the poster for this movie promises, with some kind of leering suggestion of depravity. The film is about a young girl--Ann, played by a young Jill Ireland--who is falsely accused of a crime. She is sent to a reformatory where there is another girl who is out to get her. But the real villain of the film is Miss Smith, a vindictive martinet who seems to enjoy punishing the girls in her care. A regular Captain Bligh, she runs her tight ship solely for the pleasure of exerting power over the young women. She uses a cane and exudes a flawed psyche like Nurse Ratched or the commandant of a Nazi POW camp.

The story is simplistic--suitable for a cheap drive-in double header. The acting is satisfactory, but uneven.

What most annoys is the cheery jazz score that accompanies every scene, regardless of the dramatic content. It proves very distracting and laughable at times. It's not that the music is bad; it's just inappropriate, undermining the emotional impact of scenes.


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