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Girls in Chains (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 May 1943 (USA)
When a teacher loses her job because her brother-in-law is a racketeer, she takes a position at a girls' reformatory.

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Cast overview:
... Helen Martin
... Frank Donovan
... Rita Randall
... Ruth
... Mrs. Peters
... Marcus
... Johnny Moon (as Allan Byron)
... Jean Moon
... Pinkhead (as Sidney Melton)
Russell Gaige ... Mr. Dalvers
... Lionel Cleeter
Richard Clarke ... Tom Havershield
... Mrs. Grey
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When Ruth Martin is discharged from her teaching position because her sister is married to a notorious criminal (who is basically running the city), she accepts a job at a girls correctional facility. Her intent is to try and prepare the inmates for a better life once they are released. Ruth runs up against the supervisor (who is controlled by her brother-in-law) who is only interested in skimming money off the budget and his gang of matrons who only want to keep the girls in line doing laundry. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Ragazze in catena  »

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[first lines]
Johnny Moon: Pull over, Pinkhead.
Smoky: Now... now listen, Johnny.
Johnny Moon: Come on, Smokey.
Smoky: No no, Johnny.
Johnny Moon: Get out.
Smoky: Help! Johnny!
[gunshot]
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Chains, My Baby's Locked Up In Chains
28 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Arline Judge and Roger Clark head a no name cast in this Grade B flick about a woman's prison. This one ought to be seen back to back with Caged to note the difference between what an A film and a B film treatment of the same subject. I'm not sure I should dignify Girls in Chains by calling it a B film. By the way, I didn't see one chain during this entire turgid drama.

Ms. Judge is a psychologist and sister-in-law of the town's leading racketeer who gets a job despite that at a woman's prison. Roger Clark is a cop now working the juvenile beat. Together they bring down the political machine that controls the town and the women's prison which is just a patronage trough.

The film is badly edited and the story makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Clark and Judge offered no competition to Tracy and Hepburn as a screen team. Best performance in the film is that of Emmett Lynn who played old codgers in westerns mostly. Here he does a great drunk act and actually plays the key role in bringing the villains to justice.

Probably the best known player in this is Sid Melton, later on better known as Ichabod Mudd with two 'd's, sidekick to Captain Midnight. He's the sidekick to the racketeer here. Captain Midnight was Shakespeare next to Girls in Chains.


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