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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.


Harry Revier (as Harry J. Revier)


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


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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Release Date:

2 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust to Dust See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$24,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A problem cropped up when planning the infamous "skinny dipping" scene: Shirley Mills did not know how to swim. Bernice Stobaugh, a local girl, doubled for Shirley in the long shots. It is Bernice who does the dive into the pond and does the graceful swimming in the long shots. In the closer shots, Shirley is seen doing the "dog paddle". See more »


Miss Carol: But all I'm trying to make you understand is that you *can't* fight nature's law. Bearing children is a woman's job. Child marriage must go!
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Crazy Credits

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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Creepers Will Love It
13 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Exploitation movie disguised as educational film about Ozarks hillbillies. The movie's supposed message is that it is anti-child marriage but that's a small part of the plot. The story revolves less around the child bride of the title and more around this one evil hillbilly (Warner Richmond) who keeps doing messed-up stuff. First he shoots his partner. Then he tries to take money from a dwarf and another guy who run a still, which results in a ridiculous fight sequence. Then he joins a gang of masked men who drag the teacher from her house in the middle of the night, take her to the woods, and attempt to whip her bare back. Then, because he wants the little girl, he tries to blackmail her mother (whom it was heavily implied he had been having sex with before her husband died). So he's a real winner.

Obviously the main reason this movie is even talked about today, and the reason I can't recommend it just to laugh at it, is due to the nudity of 12 year-old Shirley Mills. Don't listen to any of the talk about tasteful this or that or how we're just prudish Americans or whatever. That's all smokescreen. The nudity in this film has nothing to do with art at all. It's there simply to attract grown men who are aroused by young girls. To defend it is simply to label yourself a creeper. The acting is, of course, atrocious. I read some reviews that praise the acting and I wonder what they're smoking. It's a no-budget production that has no artistic or technical merits to speak of. Were it not for the gross exploitation elements, I could recommend it to those who like to laugh at terrible movies. But I can't recommend this to anybody.

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