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Girls in Chains (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 May 1943 (USA)
When a teacher loses her job because her brother-in-law is a racketeer, she takes a position at a girls' reformatory.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Edgar G. Ulmer (story), Albert Beich (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Arline Judge ... Helen Martin
Roger Clark ... Frank Donovan
Robin Raymond ... Rita Randall
Barbara Pepper ... Ruth
Dorothy Burgess ... Mrs. Peters
Clancy Cooper ... Marcus
Jack Randall ... Johnny Moon (as Allan Byron)
Patricia Knox ... Jean Moon
Sid Melton ... Pinkhead (as Sidney Melton)
Russell Gaige Russell Gaige ... Mr. Dalvers
Emmett Lynn ... Lionel Cleeter
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Tom Havershield
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Grey
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Storyline

When Ruth Martin is discharged from her teaching position because her sister is married to a notorious criminal (who is basically running the city), she accepts a job at a girls correctional facility. Her intent is to try and prepare the inmates for a better life once they are released. Ruth runs up against the supervisor (who is controlled by her brother-in-law) who is only interested in skimming money off the budget and his gang of matrons who only want to keep the girls in line doing laundry. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ragazze in catena See more »

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Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Johnny Moon: Pull over, Pinkhead.
Smoky: Now... now listen, Johnny.
Johnny Moon: Come on, Smokey.
Smoky: No no, Johnny.
Johnny Moon: Get out.
Smoky: Help! Johnny!
[gunshot]
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Not Ulmer's best but a rarity
5 July 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I'd never heard of this movie by the master of Poverty Row, Edgar G. Ulmer. The title is what drew me to it.

It's a hodgepodge of plot and subplot. It is far, far from his weird best. Music is used but not the classical music he often employed.

However, it's fun. The main character is the sister of a gangster's wife. She loses her job teaching school because of this. Not to worry, though! She has a Masters Degree in psychology.

Now, when Joyce Brothers appeared on the scene with a doctoral degree a decade later, it was a novelty. How rare this must have been in the early 1940s. (My grandmother, Smith College class of 1921, had an advanced degree and was a career gal; but she was unusual. And that was in the 1950s and sixties.)

What makes the character even more peculiar is her hairdo. Yikes! Ms. Judge sports what looks like a nest of some sort on her scalp. The women in the 1960s with bouffants had nothing on her. Furthermore, she frequently tops this with a hat. And on top of that (literally and figuratively) the hats sometimes have veils! When she gives up teaching she ends up at a women's prison. The rest is fairly routine. But it has the touch, albeit nearly imperceptible, of a master.


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