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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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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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Forgotten British women-in-prison picture
17 October 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

One of a couple of colour co-features the Danziger Brothers made around the turn of the 1960s, this was written by an American and follows the American "women in prison" stereotype except that of course it has no teeth. The reform school inmates are all well turned-out young ladies and it's absurd that one of them is described as having "a distinct Cockney accent" because everybody uses RP. There's a brief riot; but the main appeal for lads at the time would have been the girls in bed scenes. There's also a hint of lesbianism. The coffee bar looks nothing like one and the pop star who's performing (John Charlesworth) doesn't open his mouth while the track is playing! (Charlesworth finished his role then killed himself). Watch out, during the penultimate scene, for the actress who flinches before she's slapped. The film probably inspired "House of Whipcord". Some of the lines are identical and the parts of the lesbian wardress played here by Ellen Pollock and in "Whipcord" by Sheila Keith are basically the same. The film's currently on You Tube.


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