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The Violent Years (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents who don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men.


William Morgan (as Wm. M. Morgan)

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Complete credited cast:
Jean Moorhead Jean Moorhead ... Paula Parkins
Barbara Weeks ... Jane Parkins
Art Millan Art Millan ... Carl Parkins (as Arthur Millan)
Theresa Hancock Theresa Hancock ... Georgia
Joanne Cangi Joanne Cangi ... Geraldine
Gloria Farr Gloria Farr ... Phyllis
Glen Corbett Glen Corbett ... Barney Stetson
Lee Constant Lee Constant ... Sheila
I. Stanford Jolley ... Judge Clara
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Lt. Holmes (as Timothy Farell)
F. Chan McClure F. Chan McClure ... Det. Artman
Bruno Metsa Bruno Metsa ... Manny


A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their "fence" gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Glen Corbett appearing in this film is not the same actor as the better known Glenn Corbett who entered films in 1959. See more »


During the shootout from the classroom, it's nighttime. However, when the cops are shooting, it's daylight. See more »


[Mr. and Mrs. Parkins reflect on their daughter's crime spree and conviction for murder]
Jane Parkins: It's all my fault. If only I hadn't thought more of my outside interests than I did of Paula. It's a strong, hard lesson we've been taught.
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Alternate Versions

Different versions of the film contain different opening credits. One opening has the credits play over a static shot of a city skyline, while in other prints the credits play over a nondescript background with the title card appearing over a cast photo. See more »


Featured in Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994) See more »

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the girl gang with their big pointy bosoms
16 February 2009 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

A bit heavy handed and moralising but certainly has some feisty moments. I loved the girl gang with their big pointy bosoms and snarling expressions and guns. Holding up petrol stations for kicks and in the end wrecking schoolrooms and getting into a gunfight with the police. Actually they didn't do much more than push over the chairs and wipe the blackboard clean, even replacing the duster on the shelf afterwards. But they talked big, had those big bosoms and did seem keen on a bit more action than seemed to be promised elsewhere. Somewhere writer Ed Wood is trying to make some comment about all the juvenile delinquency being the fault of the parents, but there is a fine scene when a guy's girlfriend is made to take off her sweater (angora?) and skirt and then be bound in her shiny underwear whilst aforementioned guy is chased into the woods by the four bosom pals for some naughtiness. Our leading bad girl is removing her top in full frame as the picture fades and the young man protests.

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