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Girl 27 (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 27 July 2007 (USA)
The reclusive Patricia Douglas comes out of hiding to discuss the 1937 MGM scandal, in which the powerful film studio tricked her and over 100 other underage girls into attending a stag party, where she was raped.

Director:

David Stenn

Writer:

David Stenn
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patricia Douglas Patricia Douglas ... Herself - Girl 27
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baby Peggy ... Herself (as Peggy Montgomery)
Richard W. Bann Richard W. Bann ... Himself - Hal Roach Historian (as Richard Bann)
Kelly Brown Kelly Brown ... Himself - Son of William JF Brown
Ned Comstock Ned Comstock ... Himself - USC Archivist
Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Dorothy Dandridge ... Herself (archive footage)
Buron Fitts Buron Fitts ... Himself - Los Angeles Country District Attorney 1928-1940 (archive footage)
Jodie Foster ... Herself (archive footage)
Clark Gable ... Himself (archive footage)
Oliver Hardy ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Harlow ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack La Rue ... Himself (archive footage)
Stan Laurel ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Lewis ... Herself - Daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young
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Storyline

The reclusive Patricia Douglas comes out of hiding to discuss the 1937 MGM scandal, in which the powerful film studio tricked her and over 100 other underage girls into attending a stag party, where she was raped.

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Hollywood's Shocking Scandal . . . Exposed. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl Twenty-Seven See more »

Filming Locations:

Affton, Missouri, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

TLR Productions See more »
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Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary film was entered and selection to screen in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. See more »

Connections

References The Accused (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Your Little Who Zis
Written by Ben Bernie, Al Goering, and Walter Hirsch
Published by Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP) and Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP)
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David Stenn, Boy #1
16 November 2008 | by pubguy47See all my reviews

What self-respecting documentary filmmaker would appear on camera to quote his book editor (Jacqueline Onassis): "She said, 'if anyone can tell this story, you can, David.'") or go in for the close-up to feature a testimonial from his subject ("Thank God for him")? It's an obnoxious way to, respectively, begin and end, a potentially compelling documentary about an incredibly brave woman.

The first half is a rather sloppily edited view of Hollywood in the 1930s with a lot of misguided film clips used to illustrate the worst of celebrity and power (and a lot of footage of director Stenn pacing and fretting and worrying and sitting with every tangential revelation cued with ominous music). The hotel room scene in which Steen anxiously awaits his first face-to-face meeting with Patricia Douglas is embarrassing. So is the admission that he offered to scrub out her toilets to get her to talk. It's important for her, of course. A catharsis, he says. You can't help but feel that Douglas is being exploited all over again so Stenn can get an "exlcusive" for his lip-smacking tabloid story.

When Douglas, as well as her family, are finally allowed to speak for themselves in the second half, it becomes a more focused and moving look at the subject herself, and the life-long ramifications of sexual assault. But Stenn can't help but to throw himself in at the end again, as savior, when he includes Douglas saying, "They should make a documentary about him."

Well, he has.


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