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Girls on Probation (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 October 1938 (USA)
This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a ... See full summary »

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This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a party and lends Connie a dress she "borrowed" from the cleaners where they both work. When the dress gets torn, the owner Jane and her boyfriend Neil notice and Connie gets blamed, fired, and prosecuted for it. Neil is the prosectuing attorney, but feels sorry for Connie, so he drops the charges and loans her the money to pay off the dress. Connie goes to the big city to escape the shame and get a job to pay off Neil. She meets Hilda there and gets mistakenly arrested, along with Hilda and Tony, for bank robbery. A kindly parole officer believes her story and helps get her paroled. Connie returns home, gets engaged to Neal and is doing well when Hilda returns once more and threatens to ruin her life by spilling Connie's secret shame. Written by R Reay <rreay@eteklabs.com>

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Jeunes filles en surveillance  »

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Max Hoffman Jr. and 'Dick Rich' (Officers) and George Offerman Jr. (Elevator Operator) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. Carole Landis was in listed as a cast member before production started, but she also was not seen in the movie. See more »

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As Hilda continues to blackmail Connie with the threat of telling her father that Connie is in jail, she tells the other prisoners that Connie is her 'stooge' and that is why Connie is scrubbing her cell. Connie has enough of the torment and tosses the bucket of soapy water at Hilda. The water misses Hilda and hits the matron who has come to break-up the fight. As the matron grabs each girl by the arm to escort them out, she is suddenly completely dry. See more »

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Roger Heath: [about his daughter] She has a new car, hasn't she? Another woman driver to make life unsafe on the streets!
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Sheila Bromley is Bad Company
7 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

To go out partying, sweet Jane Bryan (as Connie Heath) borrows an evening dress from sassy Sheila Bromley (as Hilda Engstrom). The dress turns out to be stolen (from smartly attired Susan Hayward, in an early appearance). Thus, innocent Ms. Bryan is guilty by association with Ms. Bromley, a "wench" who answers job priority queries with, "Boys are my work."

Soon, Bryan becomes one of many "Girls on Probation". Consequently, she loses her job, and sees her "criminal past" jeopardizing her romance with Ronald Reagan (as Neil Dillon). Veterans Elisabeth Risdon & Sig Ruman (as Roger and Kate Heath) and handsome Anthony Averill (as Tony Rand) help make this cheap tale of degradation fun to watch. Bromley is an irresistibly trashy "bad girl".

**** Girls on Probation (1938) William McGann ~ Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley


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