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Probation (1932)

A reckless young society girl, whose uncle is a judge, is assigned a young offender as her chauffer to try to help straighten her out.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sally Blane ... Janet
John Darrow ... Nick
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Uncle George
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Humphries
Eddie Phillips ... Allen
David Rollins ... Alec
Matty Kemp ... Bert
David Durand ... David (as David Durant)
Betty Grable ... Ruth
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A reckless young society girl, whose uncle is a judge, is assigned a young offender as her chauffer to try to help straighten her out.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mis à l'épreuve See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts on the West Coast took place in San Francisco Thursday 4 September 1952 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Wednesday 22 October 1952 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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14 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Probation (1932)

** (out of 4)

Janet (Sally Blane) is a spoiled society girl whose uncle (J. Farrell MacDonald) decides to show her how rough life can be. The Judge takes her to a night court where she sees first hand that there are many people out there with real problems.

PROBATION clocks in at just 67-minutes but it's a pretty uneventful movie with a screenplay that is all over the place. Well, it's all over the place except when it comes to entertainment and on that level it certainly underachieves. The film might appeal to film buffs today for a couple reasons. One, it's a Pre-code picture so there's a little bit more sexuality than you'd normally see. Also, Clara Kimball Young, the silent superstar, appears here briefly in a throw away role as a landlady. Fans of her might be interested in seeing how she was used well after her star had fallen.

Back to the film, it's pretty much what you'd expect out of an ultra low-budget movie from the early sound days. As I said the plot itself is pretty silly and whatever message the producers were wanting to make really gets lost with the rather bad dialogue and situations. I'd also argue that the performances aren't all that memorable, which in turn means that the characters just aren't all that interesting.


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