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School for Unclaimed Girls (1969)

The Smashing Bird I Used to Know (original title)
Nicki believes she's the cause of her father's death and when mom tries to remarry her price in shining armor is the flame that restarts Nicki's nightmare from hell. Nicki is then sent to a... See full summary »

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Madeleine Hinde ...
Nicki Johnson (as Madeline Hinde)
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Anne Johnson (as Renee Asherson)
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Peter
Patrick Mower ...
Harry Spenton
Faith Brook ...
Dr. Sands
Janina Faye ...
Susan
David Lodge ...
Richard Johnson
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Sarah
Derek Fowlds ...
Geoffrey
Colette O'Neil ...
Miss Waldron
Megs Jenkins ...
Matron
Cleo Sylvestre ...
Carlien
Valerie Wallace ...
Muriel
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Diana (as Lesley Downs)
Michelle Cook ...
Jane
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Nicki believes she's the cause of her father's death and when mom tries to remarry her price in shining armor is the flame that restarts Nicki's nightmare from hell. Nicki is then sent to a school for troubled girls. Will Nicki receive the help she needs to move on???

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One step up from the gutter and one kiss away from jail! See more »

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31 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Hell House Girls  »

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Poorly Executed British Exploitation Flick
8 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

British cinema discovered sex late in the 1960s and "The Smashing Bird I Used To Know" took advantage of the more liberal censorship although it only shows one girl topless for a few seconds and a few other quick flashes. (There were no full frontals in the cinema print or in the UK DVD release.) It arrived in Glasgow on 5th October 1969, getting a run on the ABC circuit. Here's what I wrote about it in my book "What We Watched In The 1960s (In The Cinema)".

There was more sex in "The Smashing Bird I Used To Know", but it consisted of a couple of semi-nude scenes used to illustrate life in a school for bad girls, one of whom is Madeleine Hinde who shouldn't really be there as she was merely defending herself against an assault by her mother's horrible boyfriend. It's cheap exploitation with nothing going for it, and in his autobiography, Patrick Mower says when he and co-star Dennis Waterman went to see it in the cinema together, they came out with their heads down hoping that no one would realize they had been in it. With it at the ABC 1 and Bedford was "Mission Batangas", a routine war film with Dennis Weaver.

Jim Doyle is the author of 'What We Watched In The 1960s (In The Cinema)', 'What We Watched In The 1970s (In The Cinema)" and 'What We Watched In The 1980s (In The Cinema And On Video)'


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