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The Godless Girl (1928)

Passed | | Drama | 11 March 1929 (Denmark)
Two teenagers, one an atheist and the other a Christian, fall in love at a brutal reform school.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (story), Beulah Marie Dix (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lina Basquette ... Judy Craig - The Girl
Marie Prevost ... Mame - The Other Girl
Tom Keene ... Bob Hathaway - The Boy (as George Duryea)
Noah Beery ... The Brute
Eddie Quillan ... Samuel 'Bozo' Johnson - The Goat
Mary Jane Irving Mary Jane Irving ... The Victim
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Prison Guard
Richard Alexander ... Prison Guard (as Dick Alexander)
Kate Price ... Prison Matron
Hedwiga Reicher ... Prison Matron (as Hedwig Reicher)
Julia Faye ... Inmate
Viola Louie Viola Louie ... Inmate
Emily Barrye Emily Barrye ... Inmate
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Storyline

High school students led by the Girl and Boy turn from Christianity toward secret atheistic meetings. When a girl is accidentally killed by a stairway collapse, the Girl and Boy go to reform school where they are treated brutally. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A STIRRING INDICTMENT OF THE GREATEST MENACE TO MODERN SOCIETY (Print Ad- The Sunday Tribune,((Providence, R.I.)) 5 May 1929)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Atheist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent (RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Then 17-year-old Sylvia Sidney was considered for the title role. A screen test was made in Chicago, where Sidney was appearing in the play "Crime" by A.H. Woods. The test consisted of the last act of the play and was directed by D.W. Griffith. DeMille viewed the test and decided he was not interested in her. See more »

Quotes

Judy Craig - The Girl: [Holding up unattractive underwear] What does one do with these?
Mame - The Other Girl: One parks the carcass in 'em dearie! You ain't dressin' for tired business men!
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Alternate Versions

Predictably, the film ends with Judy turning from atheism and believing in God. Director Cecil B. DeMille was surprised to find that the film was very popular in Soviet Russia, until he learned that it was being shown without the final reel showing the transformation. See more »

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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

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Time to re-evaluate deMille
15 March 2008 | by brimon28See all my reviews

Having viewed a new sound-free print accompanied by a top silent-film pianist, I have developed a new respect for Cecil B deMille. I used to regard him as unwatchable. Being a little deaf, I was able to lip-read in the close-ups, so I was highly amused by the witty colloquialisms in the captions. I wonder how the people who later applied a sound track handled that! Judging by the other posts, I think this print had more in it than was shown in other countries. Comments in the foyer afterward: "Television still has a lot to learn" and from a film producer: "It's time to re-evaluate Cecil B". This retired cinematographer saw a very fine piece of direction.


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