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Should a Girl Marry? (1939)

A young woman and her doctor husband are victims of a blackmail scheme when it is discovered that she was born in prison.


Lambert Hillyer


David Silverstein (original story and screenplay), Gaye Newberry (original story and screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Anne Nagel ... Margaret
Warren Hull ... Dr. Robert Benson
Mayo Methot ... Betty Gilbert
Weldon Heyburn ... Harry Gilbert
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. White
Lester Matthews ... Dr. White
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mary Winters
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Wilson
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Mr. Wilson
Edmund Elton Edmund Elton ... Dr. Turner
Robert Elliott ... Warden
Claire Rochelle Claire Rochelle ... Hysterical Patient
Arthur Loft ... Dr. Garfield
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Willard
Bess Flowers ... Nurse


Margaret, an adopted young girl about to marry a young physician, Robert Benson, learns that she was born in prison and that her real mother, a convict, has just died there. A blackmailer gains possession of this information and tries to make Benson pay for his silence, but Benson throws the man out of his office. The extortionist goes to the hospital where Benson works and an older doctor tries to make Benson withdraw his acceptance of a nomination to an important medical appointment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl from Nowhere See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Retitled 'Prison Born,' the earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Saturday 15 April 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television viewers got their first look at it, under its original title, in Los Angeles, Tuesday 17 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 30 April 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Remake of Should a Girl Marry? (1930) See more »

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Predictable, poor
12 February 2017 | by sbasu-47-608737See all my reviews

Almost the moment the movie starts, you could guess at least next half an hour, and when the hero is top brain surgeon, you could guess the end too. But that's not something by which I would rank a movie bad. There are delightful movies with hackneyed stories, which had been more than enjoyable. Some did have minor twist in the tale, especially at the end, but nothing much to make them distinguishable. Here of course even that doesn't exist, and wherever there is minor variations, that is absurd, to say the least. Unfortunately none of the actors too could bring up something superlative to tide over the situation. Too many absurd situations had to happen to create the story, and of course absurdities couldn't be explained. Why Mary Winters had to keep all those incriminating evidences with her, even to deathbed? Why she didn't destroy it earlier, or even at deathbed, she had enough strength to destroy it even then, and rather decided to give it to Betty, without any purpose to be served, rather an promise from her that none should know of it. Of course the big graduation photographs, multiple ones that too, in newspaper, by which she could be identified, itself is something which is strange, considering that was a different town. Moving to the town of Wilson's- Betty, an ex- con-woman herself, didn't guess? The double black-mail itself was something strange, as well as break-down of it. Nothing I could find that could make me advocate it for even a single viewing.

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