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They Were So Young (1954)

Mannequins für Rio (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 7 January 1955 (USA)
A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Felix Lützkendorf (screenplay), Kurt Neumann (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Brady ... Richard Lanning
Johanna Matz ... Eve Ullmann
Raymond Burr ... Jaime Coltos
Ingrid Stenn ... Connie Voorhees
Gisela Fackeldey Gisela Fackeldey ... Mme. Lansowa
Kurt Meisel ... Pasquale
Katharina Mayberg ... Felicia
Gert Fröbe ... Lobos
Erica Beer ... Elise LeFevre
Hanita Hallan ... Lena
Elizabeth Tanney Elizabeth Tanney ... Emily
Gordon Howard Gordon Howard ... Garza
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... M. Albert
Pero Alexander ... Manuel
Caterina Valente ... Tanzt & singt auf der (Palacio do Oro)
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A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market.

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Taglines:

Too innocent! Too willing! and far, far Too Eager!... and so Beautiful! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Were So Young See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Corona Filmproduktion See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetcord-Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Buccaneer Soul (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Das sind die Nächte in Rio
Music by Michael Jary
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
Sung by Caterina Valente
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Sleazy Import
2 December 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An American engineer helps a German girl escape the clutches of a white slavery ring in South America.

The movie's a peculiar production. The origin appears West German since the names in the credit crawl are German, while the cast, except for Brady, is also German. I guess the film was released here by Lindsley Parsons' low-budget outfit. All in all, the package seems odd since not many English-language films came from West Germany during this post-war period.

Anyway, the result plays like an exploitation movie with its tawdry subject-matter (notice all the euphemisms used for the taboo word "prostitute"), plus a suggestive title that, as I recall, was heavily promoted at the time. The opening part in the city plays pretty well, but once the action moves inland, the screenplay becomes darn near incoherent with its shifting locales minus connecting segues.

Still, Matz is a spunky little number, reminding me of Debbie Reynolds with an accent, while Brady delivers a surprisingly spirited performance as the white knight. Burr turns up in a sinister role so typical of his pre-Perry Mason period; at the same time, his jumbo tropical suit suggests a younger version of the great Sydney Greenstreet.

The movie has a few good moments and some suspense, but on the whole fails to rise above the level of exotic sleaze.


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