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Girls Town (1959)

Silver is a troubled teenage girl sent to a Catholic reform school, where she has trouble fitting in.

Director:

Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (story), Robert Smith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Van Doren ... Silver Morgan
Mel Tormé ... Fred Alger (as Mel Torme)
Ray Anthony ... Dick Culdane
Margaret Hayes ... Mother Veronica (as Maggie Hayes)
Paul Anka ... Jimmy Parlow
Cathy Crosby ... Singer
Gigi Perreau ... Serafina Garcia
Elinor Donahue ... Mary Lee Morgan
Gloria Talbott ... Vida
Sheilah Graham Sheilah Graham ... Sister Grace
James Mitchum ... Charley Boy (as Jim Mitchum)
Dick Contino Dick Contino ... Stan Joyce
Harold Lloyd Jr. Harold Lloyd Jr. ... Chip Gardner
Charles Chaplin Jr. Charles Chaplin Jr. ... Joe Cates
The Platters ... Themselves
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Storyline

Chip is killed accidentally while trying to rape a blonde girl, who runs. Silver becomes the number-one suspect although she has an alibi, but because she's had previous brushes with the law she's sent to Girls Town, a nun-run home for young women in trouble with the law. Rebellious Silver causes trouble at the school, and her friend Serafina's infatuation with a young singer brings her to the brink of self-destruction. Meanwhile, Chip's father hires a detective to learn the truth, and Chip's friend Fred makes trouble for Silver's sister at a drag race. Silver has problems, all right. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUTHFUL REBELS GO BAD? See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Innocent and the Damned See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Early on, when the nuns arrive at the police station to retrieve Sarafina, the "Girls Town" station wagon is a Ford Edsel. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummies in Stan's car as it runs up the embankment and crashes during the chicken scene. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Parlow: Did you enjoy the party yesterday?
Silver Morgan: Big deal. King Groovy comes to Dungeonsville to make with a song for po' little ol' us. What do you want me to do, kiss your foot?
Jimmy Parlow: That's pretty tough talk, isn't it? You know you've got a nice face. Why do you want to spoil it by hating people?
Silver Morgan: What are you here for? To throw that poor little kid bread crumbs? What does a cat like you with all that gold know about a kid without a buck in the world. No old lady, no old man. Who are you to big shot over her?
Jimmy Parlow: A ...
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Alternate Versions

Some prints are missing a censored 1:51 minute scene of the star singing while taking a shower, provocatively photographed through an opaque shower door. The scene can be found online through a key word search: "Mamie Van Doren Hey Mama". See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Uncensored (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey, Mama
Music and lyrics by Paul Anka
Sung by Mamie Van Doren (uncredited)
Cut from film, as star is taking a shower while singing it. Censored footage survives today.
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Classic Song Writers VS Nuns in Edsels
11 August 2018 | by yonhopeSee all my reviews

Paul Anka wrote the Tonight Show Theme and the English lyrics to My Way and The Longest Day Theme and he wrote a song for Buddy Holly that probably described his agent's thoughts about this movie. The song was "Guess it doesn't matter anymore." Mel Torme on a Summer's day needed a buck or two and he wrote a Christmas song that might be the all time number one unit sales Christmas song. It is called The Christmas Song. The song writers act well enough but the script is funny where it is supposed to be serious. Cat fights look a bit staged. We learn here that everyone leaves their keys in their cars. You should not grab the steering wheel when you are about to crash into a concrete support. Paul Anka has the best smile. Mamie was a beauty for sure. She is not given a lot to do in this movie except chew gum and look tough. The Platters song was written by Buck Ram who wrote the big Platters hits like Great Pretender and Only You. The song for this movie is not one of The Platters greats. This is a great, very great movie for Bad Movie Night. Wonderful old cars and telephones and hair styles. Don't miss it. Maybe it could be a double bill with High School Confidential.


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