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Reform School Girl (1957)

A young man steals a car and ends up involved in a pedestrian fatality. The only witness is a girl he had just met. He threatens her life if she talks, so when she refuses to tell what she knows she is sent to reform school.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Castillo ... Donna Price
Ross Ford ... David Lindsay
Edd Byrnes ... Vince (as Edward Byrnes)
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Jackie Dodd
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Ruth
Yvette Vickers ... Roxy
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. Trimble
Donna Jo Gribble Donna Jo Gribble ... Cathy Durand
Luana Anders ... Josie Brigg
Diana Darrin ... Mona
Nesdon Booth Nesdon Booth ... Deetz
Wayne Taylor Wayne Taylor ... Gary Metusek
Sharon Lee Sharon Lee ... Blonde
Jack Kruschen ... Mr. Horvath
Linda Rivera Linda Rivera ... Elena Hernandez


A young man steals a car and ends up involved in a pedestrian fatality. The only witness is a girl he had just met. He threatens her life if she talks, so when she refuses to tell what she knows she is sent to reform school.

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Release Date:

August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mannstoll und gefährlich See more »

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Carmel Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sally Kellerman and Luana Anders become very close during filming, and remained inseparable until Anders' death. See more »


Jacky: If there's anything I like better on a hot day, it's a cool chick!
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Referenced in Reform School Girls (1986) See more »

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Surprisingly good movie
30 January 2010 | by xnet95See all my reviews

I was expecting some cheesy, low budget, morality infomercial, but this movie was very touching and did a great job of making me care about the main characters, especially Donna. I think Gloria Castillo was a good choice to play Donna. She came across as an all-American girl who found herself in bad situations that became overwhelming. Plus, she was very pretty and easy to look at. This role was similar to her part as Ruby in Night of the Hunter, where she was a lost, teenage orphan that needed to be loved. Anyway, Gloria Castillo's performance really sucked me into Donna's world and made me care about her.

Was this film perfect? No, of course not. Some of the problems I had with it: 1) Why would Donna's uncle be afraid of some young punk - not very realistic? 2) I found the "code of silence" thing to be very frustrating. It was acceptable up to a point, but when you are facing possible death, self-preservation would kick-in and make you say or do anything to stay alive. I couldn't believe that Donna or her friend didn't "squeal" after having a baseball bat thrown at them by Jethrine (Sally Kellerman - boy, did she look AWFUL!). Again, not very realistic. 3) The newspaper article that said Donna was the one who informed the authorities about the blond girl being involved with certain crimes is ridiculous! Think about it - a person tries to be a good citizen and reports a crime and then the newspapers tell the whole world you're an informant! I wasn't alive in 1957, but I seriously doubt this would happen. What would Joe Friday say about that!?!

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