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The Violent Years (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents who don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men.

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William Morgan (as Wm. M. Morgan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Moorhead Jean Moorhead ... Paula Parkins
Barbara Weeks ... Jane Parkins
Art Millan Art Millan ... Carl Parkins (as Arthur Millan)
Theresa Hancock Theresa Hancock ... Georgia
Joanne Cangi Joanne Cangi ... Geraldine
Gloria Farr Gloria Farr ... Phyllis
Glen Corbett Glen Corbett ... Barney Stetson
Lee Constant Lee Constant ... Sheila
I. Stanford Jolley ... Judge Clara
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Lt. Holmes (as Timothy Farell)
F. Chan McClure F. Chan McClure ... Det. Artman
Bruno Metsa Bruno Metsa ... Manny
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A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their "fence" gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Glen Corbett appearing in this film is not the same actor as the better known Glenn Corbett who entered films in 1959. See more »

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Paula's parked getaway car from the school has two white vertical strips beneath the rear driver's side window. When the car is on the road, the strips are missing. See more »

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Carl Parkins: It does no good to look back. It can only be more of a hurt. We must now look forward, using the past only as a pattern of judgment for the future.
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Different versions of the film contain different opening credits. One opening has the credits play over a static shot of a city skyline, while in other prints the credits play over a nondescript background with the title card appearing over a cast photo. See more »

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Proof You Don't Have To Be Ed Wood To Direct Badly
4 November 2007 | by HalRaglandSee all my reviews

I was concerned when I saw that "The Violent Years" was only written by Ed Wood, but was directed by William Morgan. I was concerned that it might come off as something other than an Ed Wood movie. Yet if you had to guess who directed this one without know anything about the movie, then I'm sure most b-movie lovers would guess it was Ed Wood.

"The Violent Years" has everything you could want out of an Ed Wood directed and written movie. Bad dialogue, bad editing and ham acting plague "The Violent Years" as much as any other Ed Wood production.

"The Violent Years" follows the exploits of a gang of four school girls led by the daughter of the local newspaper publisher. The "girls" all look like actresses who are closer to 30 than 20, but nobody should care since this is an Ed Wood written production. The girls get their thrills by staging armed robberies of gas stations and unarmed lover's lane couples. Along the way we get to see hilariously bad shoot out and crash scenes, an even more hilarious scene where the girls "rape" a man they discover making out with his girlfriend at the local lover's lane, and arguably the most hilarious monologue by a judge in film history.

The aspect of an Ed Wood written film that provides me with the most amusement is the dialogue. Like the above mentioned monologue by the judge. No judge would write a decision in a court case like the one we hear in "The Violent Years", except if he were at least as drunk as Ed Wood was when he wrote it. People just don't talk like they do in an Ed Wood movie, and this has provided many an Ed Wood movie viewer with many laughs over the years.

"The Violent Years" is there for the Ed Wood fan. It doesn't have much to offer to people who like to see good film making when they see a movie. However, if you're looking for an exercise in film making ineptitude for laughs, then "The Violent Years" is your movie.


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