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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 »


Nick Grinde


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




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


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 IRENE!...I'm getting married and I'm saving fare to buy a wedding dress!" (original poster) See more »


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Minor "B" Film
9 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Girls of the Road (1940)

** (out of 4)

"B" picture from Columbia has Ann Dvorak playing the daughter of the governor who decides to see what it's really like out on the streets. She joins up with a group of homeless girls who travel from town to town struggling to get food or a roof over their head. This film pretty much turns out to be a watered down version of William A. Wellman's classic WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD and while its heart is in the right place the final product doesn't have much going for it. The biggest problem I had with the film was a little bit of logic but we see this rich daughter seeing her new friends struggle yet she never offers them any help. Yes, I understand she wants to see what it's like being homeless but you'd think she would take care of her friends and just go on her little experiment alone. Another problem with the film is that the acting is pretty bad. Normally this wouldn't be too much of a deal breaker in a "B" picture but there are many scenes here that want an emotion impact and it just can't happen due to the bad acting. There's a death scene here, which is pretty embarrassing as well as a few other dramatic moments that just don't work. The screenplay really doesn't offer anything original as we go down countless roads that other films went down with much better results. I must admit that I found the 61-minute running time to feel too long and in the end the film really doesn't work on any level. What keeps the movie going is the fact that women take up all the lead roles and this little switch does make the film at least watchable if you don't mind "B" movies. Dvorak certainly had much better days as she appears uninterested from start to finish.

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Release Date:

24 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrada Perigosa See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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