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So Young, So Bad (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1950 (USA)
A psychiatrist and nurse overthrow the abusive heads of a girls' reform school in order to teach the "unfortunate" young women that they have a chance at healthy lives.


Bernard Vorhaus, Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)


Jean Rouverol (story and screenplay), Bernard Vorhaus (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Paul Henreid ... Dr. John H. Jason
Catherine McLeod ... Ruth Levering
Grace Coppin Grace Coppin ... Mrs. Beuhler
Cecil Clovelly Cecil Clovelly ... N.E. Riggs
Anne Francis ... Loretta Wilson
Rita Moreno ... Dolores Guererro (as Rosita Moreno)
Anne Jackson ... Jackie Boone
Enid Rudd ... Jane Fleming (as Enid Pulver)


Idealistic and naive Dr. Jason arrives at a school for delinquent girls and immediately begins to try to make a difference in the lives of some of the inmates. Oblivious to the sadistic treatment of the girls by the matrons, it takes a rebellious girl named Loretta to open his eyes. Assisted by a female staff member, Jason finally gets proof of the abuse and threatens the head of the school with exposure unless he is given free rein to run things. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Having just completed his contract with Warner Brothers, Paul Henreid took a 50% stake in this film - against his agent's advice. Henreid later said he made more money from this film than any other he had ever done. See more »


When Loretta meets her baby at the adoption agency, he has a thick head of hair. When Jackie walks in, the baby has much less hair. See more »


Jackie Boone: [Talking to one of the girls who is leaving] I don't want to see your ugly puss again.
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Girls in Reform School
13 June 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This film was produced in New York City and is very similar to the film "Caged" also filmed in California in the same year. In this film the girls are not in a prison but a reform school but it is ruled just like a prison and even worse. Mr. Riggs, (Cecil Clovelly) runs the institution along with Mrs. Beuhler,(Grace Coppin) who have no regard for the girls and have them working in a potato farm and in a laundry. Dr. John H. Jason,(Paul Henreid), "Casablania",'42 is a psychologist and is a new-comer and works with Ruth Levering,(Catherine McLeod) and they both decided to change things around and treat the girls differently, allowing them to wear regular clothes and having dances and no working with potato's or a laundry. Loretta Wilson,( Ann Fancis) plays the role of a young girl who was married and had a baby and was abused by men and plays a very sexy mean sort of gal and falls in love with Dr. Jason. I was surprise to see Rita Moreno,(Dolores Guererro) play a role as one of the girls in prison who is all mixed up, but she does sing a rather pretty song in this picture. Ann Francis was very young in this picture and just starting her career and gave an outstanding performance.

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Release Date:

20 May 1950 (USA) See more »

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Runaway See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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