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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.

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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
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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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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The girl attacked in the park is named "Shirley" which was Ed Wood's cross dressing name and was featured even more prominently in his later films. See more »

Goofs

The courtroom scene when Paula is found guilty, followed by a newspaper that reads sentencing will be next Tuesday. The only thing that changes in the next court room scene (Tuesday) is the mother's hat. Everyone else is wearing the same clothes, and the books on the table are in the same position. See more »

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[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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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 »

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Ed Wood, you've done it again!
11 November 1999 | by Sterno-2See all my reviews

Ed Wood, purveyor of class and dignity with a veneer of exploitation, gives us a great story about the consequences of parental neglect, albeit wrapped in nice, tight sweaters.

The movie deals with a newspaperman's daughter (who looks about the same age as her parents) who has become a wild child because her father is too busy at work to notice that he keeps giving her the same birthday present every year. In addition, her mom's continuously on the charity circuit, so she's never around for those heart-to-heart talks that young women need. So, left to her own devices, she has a gang of other females in need of thrills who rob gas stations and rape young men.

While this tragedy is at times overly done, the point is still well made that parents need to be involved in their children's lives. Sterno says give The Violent Years some time from your life.


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