School for Girls (1935)

66 or 73 mins | Drama | 19 February 1935

Director:

William Nigh

Writer:

Albert DeMond

Cinematographer:

Harry Neumann

Production Company:

Liberty Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Onscreen opening credits conclude with a special cast credit for Anne Shirley. Shirley changed her name from Dawn O'Day shortly before the opening of her first "hit" movie, Anne of Green Gables , in Nov 1934. This film was shot in mid-1934 but was not released until Feb 1935, months after Shirley had become well known by her new stage name. The filmmakers, however, neglected to delete the original "Dawn O'Day" credit from the main onscreen cast list. According to a HR production chart, Joyce Compton and Mary Forbes were cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

Onscreen opening credits conclude with a special cast credit for Anne Shirley. Shirley changed her name from Dawn O'Day shortly before the opening of her first "hit" movie, Anne of Green Gables , in Nov 1934. This film was shot in mid-1934 but was not released until Feb 1935, months after Shirley had become well known by her new stage name. The filmmakers, however, neglected to delete the original "Dawn O'Day" credit from the main onscreen cast list. According to a HR production chart, Joyce Compton and Mary Forbes were cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Aug 1934.
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Daily Variety
10 Aug 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Oct 34
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 34
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Mar 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Mar 35
p. 53.
Variety
20 Feb 35
p. 31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story, cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the short story "Our Undisciplined Daughters" by Reginald Wright Kauffman (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 February 1935
Production Date:
began late June 1934
rec at RKO Pathé Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Liberty Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4967
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
219
SYNOPSIS

Unemployed and broke, teenager Annette Eldridge allows bachelor Buck Keegar to befriend her, unaware that he is a notorious jewel thief. When Annette is caught carrying some of Buck's stolen jewelry, she is arrested with him and, in spite of her pleas of innocence, is sentenced to three years in reform school. At the State School for Girls, the good-hearted Annette quickly ingratiates herself with her dormitory mates and with the gentle assistant matron, Miss Cartwright. The harsh and unfair treatment that the cruel head matron, Miss Keeble, imposes on Annette and the other girls causes Annette to grow increasingly despondent, however. To alleviate Annette's depression, Miss Cartwright allows her to abandon the back-breaking work in Miss Keeble's artichoke fields and plant her own flower garden. Soon after, during a school inspection, Annette meets playboy Gary Waltham, the youngest member of the school's board of trustees, who immediately falls in love with her. When Gary learns of Miss Keeble's deceptive practices, which include taking money made from the artichoke fields and Annette's flower garden for her own private use, he vows to free Annette. Ever spiteful, however, Miss Keeble refuses Gary's request for Annette's parole, and Gary threatens to expose the matron to the governor. While a reformed Gary attempts to convince the governor, a family friend, of Annette's innocence, Annette is visited by Buck, who has escaped from prison. Still enamored of Annette, Buck foists his gun on her with orders to use it that night to escape. Although Annette hides the gun, it is found by her roommate, Gladys Deacon, who then plans an escape for herself and ... +


Unemployed and broke, teenager Annette Eldridge allows bachelor Buck Keegar to befriend her, unaware that he is a notorious jewel thief. When Annette is caught carrying some of Buck's stolen jewelry, she is arrested with him and, in spite of her pleas of innocence, is sentenced to three years in reform school. At the State School for Girls, the good-hearted Annette quickly ingratiates herself with her dormitory mates and with the gentle assistant matron, Miss Cartwright. The harsh and unfair treatment that the cruel head matron, Miss Keeble, imposes on Annette and the other girls causes Annette to grow increasingly despondent, however. To alleviate Annette's depression, Miss Cartwright allows her to abandon the back-breaking work in Miss Keeble's artichoke fields and plant her own flower garden. Soon after, during a school inspection, Annette meets playboy Gary Waltham, the youngest member of the school's board of trustees, who immediately falls in love with her. When Gary learns of Miss Keeble's deceptive practices, which include taking money made from the artichoke fields and Annette's flower garden for her own private use, he vows to free Annette. Ever spiteful, however, Miss Keeble refuses Gary's request for Annette's parole, and Gary threatens to expose the matron to the governor. While a reformed Gary attempts to convince the governor, a family friend, of Annette's innocence, Annette is visited by Buck, who has escaped from prison. Still enamored of Annette, Buck foists his gun on her with orders to use it that night to escape. Although Annette hides the gun, it is found by her roommate, Gladys Deacon, who then plans an escape for herself and another inmate, Florence Burns. Bedridden with pneumonia, which she caught from a dying inmate after Miss Keeble refused to send the girl to the hospital, Annette avoids participating in the escape, which ends when Miss Keeble is shot. Because she had grabbed Buck's gun away from Gladys during the escape, Annette is suspected of Miss Keeble's murder until Miss Cartwright confesses that she killed the matron by rigging a loaded pistol to her radio dial. After the governor declares that Miss Cartwright will receive clemency and that the school's policies will be reformed, Annette is then paroled to the loving custody of Gary. +

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