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Forgotten Girls (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 March 1940 (USA)
A young woman is sentenced to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Her stepmother's gangster friends break her out, but it turns out that her problems are only beginning.


Phil Rosen


F. Hugh Herbert (screenplay), Joseph Moncure March (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Louise Platt ... Judy Wingate
Donald Woods ... Dan Donahue
Wynne Gibson ... Frances Wingate
Robert Armstrong ... Grover Mullins
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Gorno
Jack La Rue ... Eddie Nolan
Barbara Pepper ... Eve Abbott
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Editor Linton
Sarah Padden ... Miss Donaldson
Ann Baldwin Ann Baldwin ... Jackie


Judy Wingate , working in a paper-box factory, is living very unhappily with her step-mother, Frances Wingate , and Frances is very fond of entertaining members of the underworld at home. Eddie Nolan assaults Judy and she knocks him out with a kitchen-pan, and flees. Eddie is only unconscious but Frances finishes him off...and Judy is charged with murder and sent to prison for five years. A young newspaper reporter, Dan Donahue, believes she is innocent. Meanwhile, Frances is filled with remorse over Judy's conviction for a crime she committed, but not remorse-filled enough to confess. But she has a plan to get Judy out of prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HAPLESS...HELPLESS...Victims of ruthless men, they sacrifice their right to happiness in their desperate fight for the right to LIVE! (original poster)


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

15 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujeres olvidadas See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An excellent and fast-paced B.
14 June 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Judy (Louise Platt) is a nice young lady who lives with her step-mother. There is a big problem, however....her step-mother's boyfriend (Jack LaRue) is evil and won't keep his hands off Judy. Eventually, he even tries to assault her and she fights back...knocking him out cold. However, she doesn't realize that AFTER this happened, the step-mother found him and finished him off once and for all! And, it turns out the step is NOT a nice person...and she lets her step-daughter take the rap for a murder she didn't commit! What's next for poor Judy?! It can't possibly get any worse...can it?!

Because this movie was made during the era of the tough Production Code, so much in the story isn't said because of the restrictions of the code. Not once is rape or sexual assault mentioned....and it clearly IS why Judy had to fight off her attacker. And, oddly, no mention or allusion to this is made in her defense in court...and it clearly would make the killing (had she actually done it) justified.

While there are some familiar story elements and it's an inexpensive B-movie, this does not mean it's poor in any way. Decent acting, a taut script and decent direction make this a nice example for those who want to show that Bs could be quite good. Worth your time....and enjoyable.

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