A good girl is forced to join a dangerous all-girl high school gang, and only her waiter boyfriend and a caring female teacher can possibly help her before it may become too late.


Edward Bernds


Mark Lowell (story) (as Mark Lowell), Jan Englund (story) (as Jan Lowell) | 3 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Yvonne Lime ... Joyce Martin
Brett Halsey ... Mike Landers (as Bret Halsey)
Jana Lund ... Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross
Susanne Sidney Susanne Sidney ... Dolly Crane (as Suzanne Sydney)
Heather Ames ... Meg
Nancy Kilgas Nancy Kilgas ... Laurie
Rhoda Williams Rhoda Williams ... Trudy Davis
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... Roger Martin
Viola Harris ... Linda Martin
Robert Anderson ... Police Lt. Manners
Martin Braddock Martin Braddock ... Rip
Arthur Marshall Arthur Marshall ... Mr. Anderson


The Hellcats are an all-female gang bent on bucking authority and terrorizing the schools by doing things like having a bad attitude toward their teachers and parents. When Joyce, a new student, moves into the neighborhood, she draws the attention of The Hellcats. Desperate for acceptance and unhappy with her homelife, Joyce goes along with the gang, and is soon drinking, dancing and meeting boys. Can her parents stop her descent into depravity? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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...what must a good girl say to "belong"? See more »


Crime | Drama


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The film was shot on Comstock Avenue in Holmby Hills, with Holmby Park in the background. See more »


When Trudy, the teacher, phones Lt. Manners, she only dials five numbers, instead of the six numbers that had been used for another call in the same town earlier in the film. See more »


[first lines]
Meg: . What's the new girl's name?
Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross: Joyce Martin.
Meg: Have you asked her yet?
Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross: I'm not gonna ask her. I'm gonna tell her.
Meg: We haven't had a good initiation this whole term. What are you gonna make her do?
Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross: I think I'll start out with the slacks test.
Dolly Crane: That's too easy!
Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross: Dolly, you bug me.
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13 May 2017 | by noname1479See all my reviews

I thought Heather Ames had a stand-out performance as Meg. Although Yvonne Lime was very cute in the movie, the director seemed to have her overplay her role as a sweet innocent girl. I also thought Rhoda Williams as the teacher was a solid performance. I loved the movie. I think American International Pictures have been given a bad rap because they catered to teens.

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June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Indio Productions See more »
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