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Child Bride (1938)

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Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

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Harry Revier (as Harry J. Revier)

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Harry Revier (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Shirley Mills ... Jennie
Bob Bollinger Bob Bollinger ... Freddie
Warner Richmond ... Jake Bolby
Diana Durrell Diana Durrell ... Miss Carol
Dorothy Carrol Dorothy Carrol ... Ma Colton
George Humphreys George Humphreys ... Ira Colton
Frank Martin Frank Martin ... Charles
George Morrell ... Mike Nulty (as Rex Baxter)
Angelo Rossitto ... Angelo (as Don Barrett)
Al Bannon Al Bannon ... Happy
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Jennie is a twelve-year-old girl living with her parents in extremely rural mountain country. Her schoolteacher, Miss Carol, though a mountain girl herself, has gone off to be educated and returned in hopes of stopping the tradition of child marriage which permeates the culture. Jennie's father Ira is a good man who tries to protect Miss Carol from the men who threaten her if she doesn't call off her crusade. One of these men, Jake Bolby, has his eye on little Jennie and plots to make her his bride. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Not Suitable for Grade School Kiddies..Nurse at All Shows! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust to Dust See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, California, USA See more »

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$24,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it was released in 1938, Shirley Mills did not see the complete film until the 1980s when a relative gave her a videocassette of it. See more »

Quotes

Charles: My job's done.
Miss Carol: And mine's just starting.
Charles: Darling, what do you mean?
Miss Carol: Well, I can't be a child bride but...
Charles: But what?
[they kiss]
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The role of Angelo, the midget moonshiner, is played by Angelo Rossitto. In the credits the role is credited to a "Don Barrett." See more »

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8 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Child Bride (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly insane film about mountain men (rednecks) who marry young girls to keep the population going. This film opens with a montage saying this is a warning to the public and it might have been but in the end this is pure exploitation. The shocking thing is that the film is actually very well made and the performances are right on the mark. The sexual nature towards the 10-year-old star is quite disturbing especially one skinny dipping scene, which has some nudity. There are some hilarious moments including a dwarf redneck, a school session with dumb kids trying to learn to spell and other stuff dealing with moonshine. Shirley Miles plays the young bride and her performance is wonderful and again, it's rather shocking too see the sexual nature and nudity. She would go on to star in The Grapes of Wrath.


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