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Why Girls Leave Home (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Music | 9 October 1945 (USA)
Diana Leslie is rescued from drowning by reporter Chris Williams. The latter believes it is an attempted murder rather than the suicide indicated by a note, since the girl had made an ... See full summary »

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Fanya Foss (screenplay) (as Fanya Foss Lawrence), Bradford Ropes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Lola Lane ... Irene Mitchell
Sheldon Leonard ... Chris Williams
Pamela Blake ... Diana Leslie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Jimmy Lobo
Paul Guilfoyle ... Steve Raymond
Constance Worth ... Flo
Claudia Drake ... Marianna Mason
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Leslie
Thomas E. Jackson ... Police Captain Reilly (as Thomas Jackson)
Evelyn Eaton Evelyn Eaton ... Alice (as Evelynne Eaton)
Peggy Lou Bianco Peggy Lou Bianco ... Peggy Leslie
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Ted Leslie (as Fred Kohler)
Walter Baldwin ... Wilbur Harris
Robert Emmett Keane ... Ed Blake
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Storyline

Diana Leslie is rescued from drowning by reporter Chris Williams. The latter believes it is an attempted murder rather than the suicide indicated by a note, since the girl had made an appointment to meet him at the dock. The story is told in flashback as Williams visits the people who know Diana. The parents feel responsible as, against their wishes, Diana had accompanied musician Jimmie Lobo to the Kitten Club and had gotten a job as a singer but they had not seen her following an argument when she came home that ended with her being slapped by her brother Ted. One of the Kitten Club showgirls, Flo tells Chris that when Diane came to the club for an audition, she incurred the wrath of the heavy-drinking featured singer Marianne Mason and club owner Steve Raymond delegated her to the hostess ranks of girls whose job was to steer customers to the illegal gambling. This led to a couple of suckers, Wilbur Harris and Ed Blake, losing heavily in the crooked game with Harris committing ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The unvarnished truth about the thousands who trade family ties for flaming thrills! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Por qué las mujeres abandonan el hogar? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Pamela Blake sings "Call Me", the voice we hear is actually that of Claudia Drake who plays a supporting role in the same film. See more »

Soundtracks

The Cat and the Canary
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung twice by Pamela Blake (dubbed)
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Not a lost film!
19 January 2005 | by RBarrSee all my reviews

Why Girls Leave Home does, in fact, exist. It isn't shown much, but it is, assuredly, not lost. I know of (and have seen) a 16mm print of it, currently in the hands of a private collector in Pennsylvania. The print was made shortly after the film's theatrical release, probably for the rental market. Quite likely there are others around as well, and it may also have turned up on early television. As far as the quality of the film itself: It's a tough, pretty well-paced little movie, with above-average production values for this studio. Livingston and Evans's Oscar-nominated song is very entertaining and, not surprisingly, the cast is filled with pros. Pamela Blake is more than adequate (if a shade mature) as the innocent heroine, Virginia Brissac (who played mother roles in, seemingly, thousands of movies) gets one of her biggest parts here, and Sheldon Leonard, Elisha Cook and, especially, Lola Lane are better than good. (Lane has a great scenery-chewing moment in the homestretch.) Too bad that it's so little-seen today, because it's definitely one of the best PRC efforts.


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