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Youth Aflame (1944)

Approved | | Drama | 10 October 1944 (USA)
A young teen girl tries to get support for a 'milk-club' for peers while covering for her older sister who's got a crush on an older man with antisocial tendencies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Reese ... Katy White
Warren Burr ... Frank Monahan
... Laura White
... Al Simpson
Rod Rogers ... Lester
Edwin Brian ... Harry Ketchall
... Peggy Baker
Sheila Roberts ... Jitterbugger
... Mr. White (as Edward Cassidy)
Mary Arden ... Amy Clark - Juvenile Officer
Duke Johnson ... Tom - Nightclub Manager
... Jitterbugger
... Nightclub Act (as Lindsay) (as Laverne and Betty)
Laverne Thompson ... Nightclub Act (as Lindsay) (as Laverne and Betty)
... Nightclub Act (as Lindsay) (as Laverne and Betty)


Katy White, is at death's door in an emergency hospital but is hanging on long enough to tell her story. In flashback, Katy tells of her widowed father , a bank guard trying to raise two teen-age daughters...Katy the nice girl and her sister, Laura the not-quite-nice girl. Katy tries to guide her sister away from bad company, but isn't having much success. Al, Laura's hoodlum boyfriend, asks her to steal her father's gun.She does so. Meanwhile, under the guidance of Helen Clark, a kindly policewoman, the better-supervised kids open up a JIVE Club in order to keep off of the Mean Streets and not drift into juvenile delinquency. Joy and Laura join the club but Laura only in order to keep late hours with Al. But Joy is keeping a watchful eye on Laura. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hoodlum Girls  »

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Beware of Milk Clubs
1 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Youth Aflame (1944)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sister Katy (Joy Reese) and Laura (Kay Morley) are about to hit the dating scene, which isn't smiled upon by their widowed father (Ed Cassidy). Soon Laura starts going around with a bad guy while Katy and her friends start up a "Jive" club where they can listen to music and drink milk. However, the club gets into trouble when someone spikes the milk.

YOUTH AFLAME was, for some reason, re-released several times including under the title of HOODLUM GIRLS. No matter what you call it this is a rather weak melodrama that was later sold as some sort of exploitation film. If you're expecting something like REEFER MADNESS, SEX MADNESS or THE COCAINE FIENDS then you're going to be disappointed because the only "bad" thing going on here is someone slipping some alcohol into the good kids drinks.

I will say that for the most part the performances really weren't all that bad and I thought the film moved along well enough. At just 57 minutes there's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but if you enjoy these types of movies then there are certainly much worse out there. The biggest problem here is the lack of story and the bottom of the barrel attempt at a "naughty" subject. I'm sorry but a milk bar?

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