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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 ... 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) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Atheist See more »

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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

The authentic-looking reform school set was built by Mitchell Leisen on a Culver City back lot. For the climactic fire scene, in which the whole set burned down, Leisen had the actors' clothes sprayed with asbestos and even devised a way to fireproof their hair. 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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Dramatic silent film with score not stolen from Paul Simon
31 December 2008 | by rberlindSee all my reviews

I don't usually like silent movies, finding them boring. But this one is actually very good and even quite dramatic. I wanted to comment on something said by another viewer about the score by Carl Davis. They said that the composer had stolen Paul Simon's "An American Tune". Actually, Paul Simon borrowed the theme from Bach's Chorale "Erkenne mich, mein Hueter" from the St. Matthew Passion. This is the actual theme that Mr. Davis used in his score, and he did give credit, listing this and other sources of his themes in the credits at the end of the film.

Also, while my wife and I watched the movie on TCM, we did not see any scenes with spoken dialog as another reviewer mentioned, even though TCM showed a version based on Cecil De Mille's personal nitrate print from George Eastman House. Maybe this version tried to recreate the film as originally envisioned as a full silent film with music.


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