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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.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Edgar G. Ulmer (story), Albert Beich (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Arline Judge ... Helen Martin
Roger Clark ... Frank Donovan
Robin Raymond ... Rita Randall
Barbara Pepper ... Ruth
Dorothy Burgess ... Mrs. Peters
Clancy Cooper ... Marcus
Jack Randall ... Johnny Moon (as Allan Byron)
Patricia Knox ... Jean Moon
Sid Melton ... Pinkhead (as Sidney Melton)
Russell Gaige Russell Gaige ... Mr. Dalvers
Emmett Lynn ... Lionel Cleeter
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Tom Havershield
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Grey
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ragazze in catena See more »

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Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Dump The Drunk
20 January 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- an idealistic mental health worker is conscripted into making changes in a girls reformatory run by a crooked combine. There the girls are being treated like nothing more than numbers. Trouble is the school's head is part of the criminal combine that has broad political influence. So, will the reformer be able to make the reforms needed for the girls rather than the combine.

Looks like legendary director Ulmer walked through this one. There's no evidence of his exotic stylings, e.g. Detour {1945}. Only the scenes in the reformatory carry any weight as the girls and matrons perform with some gusto. Otherwise, the leading men are blandly forgettable, even the ostensive criminal mastermind Moon (Jack Randall) fails to provide impact. On the other hand, Judge does her reformer-with-heart in persuasive fashion. But what really sinks this lightweight production is the comedy relief from a goofy Emmett Lynn. His drunken idiot is so over-the-top I wonder if Ulmer even cared. Then too, catch the clumsily mounted backdrops to outdoor action where even lake water remains motionless. Anyway, no need to go on. After all, it is a barrel bottom PRC production. I just hope the more capable actors like Judge were able to recover from this awkward effort. I know Ulmer did.


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