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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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Promise of Title not delivered...
28 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Those who were looking to this film to be a female I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG are going to be disappointed. Nary a Bilboe, HandCuff, Pillory, Shackle or Stocks are in sight. No corporal punishment either, though there is a mean laundry and a few cells that were a poor excuse for solitary confinement. Would have expected more from Edgar Ulmer, Atlantis and PRC, after all this is an exploitation film.

Starting with Arline Judge and ending with Betty Blythe the cast is full of has-beens and want to be's. Reading their histories is a good lesson on how not to handle your career. They should have all been saving their money when the going was good so they would not have to be doing work like this.

One (1) of the other commentators was right regarding the womens hair styles. We kept expecting Condors or Eagles to start nesting in them.


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