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Girls Town(1959)

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Mary Lee Morgan(Elinor Donahue)a 15 year old mixed up girl accidently kills her sisters boyfriend when he tries to attack her.Marys sister,Ginger(Mamie Van Doren)a wisecracking,oily,but well meaning party girl takes the blame for the killing.The local police chief(Peter Leeds)sends Silver to a Catholic run institution,Girls Town for troubled girls.Silver sneers at it all and refuses to let anybody help her.Even Mother Veronica(Margaret Hayes)who runs the school is little help to know it all Siver.The only one that Silver has any use for is Serafina(Gigi Perreau)another troubled girl in love with local nightclub singer,Jimmy Parlow(Paul Anka)

 

 

Local punk gang leader Fred Alger(Mel Torme)was a witness at the night of the killing and knows Silver is innocent.

 

 

After a dance at the school,Serafina tries to kill herself when Jimmy dances with another girl.Silver is shocked by the near suicide and when she and Mother Veronica save Serafinas life,Silver understands shes been wrong,but no one at the school believes her.

 

 

Meanwhile,Fred and his hoods kidnap Mary Lee.Silver wants to get out and help her sister,but being the school problem child,no one believes her.

 

 

This wasnt a bad film.Sort of a remake of Boys Town.Exciting drag racing scene when Fred and Mary Lee race against another punk with their hands off the wheels playing Chicken.

 

 

 

 

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This is one of the best examples of stunt casting ever. You have the inimitable Mamie Van Doren acting her little heart out (as Silver, one of the best bad-girl names ever), Mel Torme (called "The Velvet Smog" by Judy Garland) as a biker hood, pudding-faced teen idol Paul Anka, smarmy bandleader Ray Anthony, "Father Knows Best" perfect daughter Elinor Donahue, The Platters singing group (who deserved so much better), and nuns, nuns, nuns! It's all in widescreen and teenage rebellion never looked so good. 

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58 minutes ago, DougieB said:

This is one of the best examples of stunt casting ever. You have the inimitable Mamie Van Doren acting her little heart out (as Silver, one of the best bad-girl names ever), Mel Torme (called "The Velvet Smog" by Judy Garland) as a biker hood, pudding-faced teen idol Paul Anka, smarmy bandleader Ray Anthony, "Father Knows Best" perfect daughter Elinor Donahue, The Platters singing group (who deserved so much better), and nuns, nuns, nuns! It's all in widescreen and teenage rebellion never looked so good. 

Sounds like a real winner.

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I enjoy GIRLS TOWN - actually think it's pretty well acted & has a decent story flow. Ray Anthony & Mamie Van Doren were married, btw.

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