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What Price Innocence? (1933)

A young woman has to pay the price for fooling around with men.


Willard Mack


Willard Mack


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Cast overview:
Jean Parker ... Ruth Harper
Minna Gombell ... Amy Harper
Willard Mack ... Dr. Dan Davidge
Betty Grable ... Beverly Bennett
Bryant Washburn ... John Harper
Beatrice Banyard Beatrice Banyard ... Mrs. Fifi Bennett
Ben Alexander ... Tommy Harrow
Maurice Murphy ... Maurice Harper
Louise Beavers ... Hannah


A young woman has to pay the price for fooling around with men.

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She paid the penalty of - Ignorance! See more »









Release Date:

24 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shall We tell Our Children? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film had it's world premiere in Buffalo, New York at the Lafayette theatre on 1 June 1933, and at that time it was shown under the title "SHALL WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?" (Buffalo Courier-Express, 1 June 1933) See more »


Dr. Dan Davidge: I was thinking of Ruth the other... How old is Ruth now?
Amy Harper: You oughta know, you brought her into the world.
Dr. Dan Davidge: Yes, but I brought so many others in since. I'm a bit confused.
Amy Harper: She was seventeen, two weeks ago.
Dr. Dan Davidge: Hmm, you've had a lot of intimate talks with her, of course?
Amy Harper: Why, of course. Ruth and I are like sisters. What do you mean?
Dr. Dan Davidge: I mean you've told her all the things she's old enough to know.
Amy Harper: Dan Davidge, do you mean that I should tell her...?
[he nods]
Amy Harper: Well, I'm surprised at you. Knowing me the way...
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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
1 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jean Parker is a good girl. She thinks she may be in love with Ben Alexander, but she's not sure what that is. Her mother, Minna Gombell, isn't much help, and her father, Bryant Washburn, leaves such matters to her mother. Doctor Willard Mack tries to find out what the girl he brought into the world is up to, and urges Minna to speak to her, but she refuses, insisting that she had brought the girl up right. Mack doesn't think Sunday school classes when she was ten will do the trick. It turns out he's right.

It's a pre-code picture about sex, without much in the way of sex, just young men saying they're crazy about the young women they're with and kissing them. Also, the consequences of sex. Writer-director-star Willard Mack has written a serious, didactic story, and fleshed it out with some good performers -- Betty Grable gets only her fifth credited role in this one. In fact, Mr. Mack gives the poorest performance, as he races through his well rehearsed lines.

It's not a great movie, by any means, but it's amazing to think that in a few months, Miss Parker would play Beth March in LITTLE WOMEN.

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