Girls on Probation (1938)

60 or 63 mins | Drama | 22 October 1938

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HISTORY

Writer Crane Wilbur had previously written the scripts for Crime School and Alcatraz Island about men and boys in prison (see above). Carole Landis was listed in the cast before production started, but her participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although the film was viewed, some onscreen credits could not be ... More Less

Writer Crane Wilbur had previously written the scripts for Crime School and Alcatraz Island about men and boys in prison (see above). Carole Landis was listed in the cast before production started, but her participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although the film was viewed, some onscreen credits could not be confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Oct 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 38
p. 50.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 38
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 38
p.4.
Motion Picture Daily
24 Oct 38
p.5.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jun 38
p. 37.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Oct 38
p. 44, 47
New York Times
21 Oct 38
p. 27.
Variety
26 Oct 38
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture; A Bryan Foy Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 October 1938
Production Date:
2 May--early June 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8341
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4402
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Connie Heath is a trusted employee of Todd's Cleaners. Against her strict father's orders, she goes dancing in a borrowed dress that turns out to be one her co-worker Hilda Engstrom took from work. When Gloria Adams, the owner of the dress, presses charges, Connie loses her job. When the insurance lawyer, Neil Dillon, tells her that she will go to jail unless she explains her actions, Connie breaks down and confesses that Hilda actually took the dress, but before Hilda can be arrested, she leaves town. Connie leaves town too, gets a job and makes regular restitution payments to Neil. One day Connie sees Hilda parked in front of the bank and insists that she sign a statement proving Connie's innocence. While they argue, shots ring out and Hilda's boyfriend Tony Rand gets into the car, fleeing the bank he has just robbed. After a chase, the three are arrested, and Connie is held as an accomplice. Connie's lawyer asks for probation, and the sympathetic probation officer, Jane Lennox, manages to get the true story from Connie. She recommends probation and sends Connie home. Neil gives her a job in his office, and they soon fall in love and become engaged. Meanwhile, Hilda has been released from prison and tries to blackmail Connie, forcing her to tell Neil the truth. Knowledge of her probation makes no difference to Neil, but after Tony escapes from prison, Hilda threatens to tell the District Attorney, and thus endanger Neil's career. Connie agrees to pawn her engagement ring to give money to Hilda, but while doing so, she writes a ... +


Connie Heath is a trusted employee of Todd's Cleaners. Against her strict father's orders, she goes dancing in a borrowed dress that turns out to be one her co-worker Hilda Engstrom took from work. When Gloria Adams, the owner of the dress, presses charges, Connie loses her job. When the insurance lawyer, Neil Dillon, tells her that she will go to jail unless she explains her actions, Connie breaks down and confesses that Hilda actually took the dress, but before Hilda can be arrested, she leaves town. Connie leaves town too, gets a job and makes regular restitution payments to Neil. One day Connie sees Hilda parked in front of the bank and insists that she sign a statement proving Connie's innocence. While they argue, shots ring out and Hilda's boyfriend Tony Rand gets into the car, fleeing the bank he has just robbed. After a chase, the three are arrested, and Connie is held as an accomplice. Connie's lawyer asks for probation, and the sympathetic probation officer, Jane Lennox, manages to get the true story from Connie. She recommends probation and sends Connie home. Neil gives her a job in his office, and they soon fall in love and become engaged. Meanwhile, Hilda has been released from prison and tries to blackmail Connie, forcing her to tell Neil the truth. Knowledge of her probation makes no difference to Neil, but after Tony escapes from prison, Hilda threatens to tell the District Attorney, and thus endanger Neil's career. Connie agrees to pawn her engagement ring to give money to Hilda, but while doing so, she writes a note asking the pawnbroker to call Neil. The police are waitng at Hilda's apartment and in the shootout that follows, Tony is killed. One of his bullets hits Hilda, who dies too after clearing Connie, leaving her free to marry Neil. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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