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Girls of the Road (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 July 1940 (USA)
A story of the great-depression era about women hobos, tramps, job-seekers, fugitives and runaways running from or toward something as they hitch-hiked their way across the United States, ... See full summary »

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Nick Grinde

Writer:

Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ann Dvorak ... Kay Warren
Helen Mack ... Mickey
Lola Lane ... Ellie
Ann Doran ... Jerry
Marjorie Cooley Marjorie Cooley ... Irene
Mary Field ... Mae
Mary Booth Mary Booth ... Edna
Madelon Grayson Madelon Grayson ... Annie
Grace Lenard Grace Lenard ... Stella
Evelyn Young Evelyn Young ... Sadie
Bruce Bennett ... Officer Sullavan
Eddie Laughton Eddie Laughton ... Footsy
Don Beddoe ... Sheriff
Howard Hickman ... Gov. Warren
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A story of the great-depression era about women hobos, tramps, job-seekers, fugitives and runaways running from or toward something as they hitch-hiked their way across the United States, dodging the police, do-gooders, lustful men and pursuing-husbands in a bad mood. One of them is a killer, another is a girl hitch-hiking to her wedding in order to afford a wedding gown, and there is also the Governor's daughter who crusades on their behalf, while hitch-hiking along with them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"I'm KAY!...don't judge me by the company I keep...I'm the governor's daughter!" (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrada Perigosa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Though the "girls of the road" are supposed to be broke, sleeping outdoors and living on the thin edge of starvation, they all have perfectly permed hair and plucked eyebrows. See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
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Silly but not uninteresting
13 March 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A governor's daughter (Ann Dvorak) is concerned about girls living on the road with no family, no jobs and no money. She becomes one and, almost instantly, becomes friends with a hardened "road girl" named Mickey (Helen Mack). We then see a (purpotedly) truthful version of what girls on their own have to do to survive.

No budget Columbia picture. In 1940 this might have been a little shocking but today it comes across as silly and not even remotely truthful. Supposedly all these girls have lived on the road without clean clothes, showers or food for days--but they all look well fed, they're in clean clothes and are pretty healthy with makeup and beautiful hair. Even their hideout looks pretty opulent! Also when this film strives to make a message it's so overdone it comes off as comical. The funeral of one of the girls is supposed to be tragic but it comes off as unintentionally funny! Still, it's well done and Mack gives a good performance. It's marginally worth seeing if you're into obscure older movies (like me). I give it a 5.


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