Girls Under 21 (1940)

64 mins | Drama | 24 October 1940

Director:

Max Nosseck

Producer:

Ralph Cohn

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

Charles Nelson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Women Under 21 and The Little Professor ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Women Under 21 and The Little Professor . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Feb 41
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Nov 40
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 40
p. 11, 12-13.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Nov 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 40
p. 44.
New York Times
11 Nov 40
p. 22.
Variety
13 Nov 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Little Professor
Women Under 21
Release Date:
24 October 1940
Production Date:
3 August--17 August 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 October 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10031
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6614
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frances White, a product of the slums, escapes the drudgery of life in the tenements by marrying rich gangster Smiley Ryan, thus establishing herself as an idol to be emulated by her younger sister Jennie and the other girls. After her husband is sent to jail, however, Frances tires of the sordid life and leaves him, determined to get a job and support herself. With the help of her former sweetheart, school teacher Johnny Cane, Frances finds employment in the basement of a department store. A short time later, the delinquent girls who had previously stolen small items from the neighborhood stores, have a huge shoplifting haul from Frances' counter. During the getaway, one of the girls who is acting as lookout is killed by an automobile, and Frances is arrested as a material witness because of her questionable past. Johnny, who is the girls' teacher, has tried to instill a sense of integrity in them by instituting an honor system, and consequently, he pleads with them to confess their part in the scheme. They finally agree to confess to the crime, thus vindicating Frances as well as Johnny's faith in them, and all ends happily as Frances and Johnny plan to marry and the girls are released on ... +


Frances White, a product of the slums, escapes the drudgery of life in the tenements by marrying rich gangster Smiley Ryan, thus establishing herself as an idol to be emulated by her younger sister Jennie and the other girls. After her husband is sent to jail, however, Frances tires of the sordid life and leaves him, determined to get a job and support herself. With the help of her former sweetheart, school teacher Johnny Cane, Frances finds employment in the basement of a department store. A short time later, the delinquent girls who had previously stolen small items from the neighborhood stores, have a huge shoplifting haul from Frances' counter. During the getaway, one of the girls who is acting as lookout is killed by an automobile, and Frances is arrested as a material witness because of her questionable past. Johnny, who is the girls' teacher, has tried to instill a sense of integrity in them by instituting an honor system, and consequently, he pleads with them to confess their part in the scheme. They finally agree to confess to the crime, thus vindicating Frances as well as Johnny's faith in them, and all ends happily as Frances and Johnny plan to marry and the girls are released on probation. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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