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Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | April 1959 (USA)
When the shootings of two juvenile inmates bring public protest, a psychologist is brought in to see if he can do anything to control the problems peacefully.


Edward L. Cahn

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The governor appoints lawyer Jeff Darrow to open an investigation on the reported cruelties inflicted on the inmates of the Bayou Reformatory For Women. The investigation is opposed by Mrs.... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Paul A. Furman, M.D.
Marcia Henderson ... Grace Hartwell
Scott Marlowe ... Eddie Bassett
John Hoyt ... Col. Ernest Walton (warden)
Virginia Aldridge Virginia Aldridge ... Kitty Anderson
Dorothy Provine ... Babe
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Stu Killion (as Dick Tyler)
Jack Grinnage ... Dink, an inmate
Ann Doran ... Bess Monahan
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When the shootings of two juvenile inmates bring public protest, a psychologist is brought in to see if he can do anything to control the problems peacefully.

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Their teen-age emotions were tender and ripe... SOMETHING HAD TO EXPLODE! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jugend ohne Gesetz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Dr. Furman interviews Eddie for the first time, he picks up a folder off his desk and opens it. However in the next close-up shot of what he's holding, the folder disappears and Furman is holding a single piece of paper - Eddie's medical record. In the following shot, the folder reappears. See more »


Babe: [to Eddie] Hiya tall, dark, and delinquent! Ya say ya takin' me to the Ritz tonight?
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Referenced in Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »

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Better Than The Title Suggests
24 January 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Reviewer msroz is really on target. The film's competently made, performed, and better than expected given the sleazy title. Trouble is, as msroz points out, the story's a cliché about a humane reformer (Thor) bringing kindness to a brutal reform school for boys. He's opposed by the resident warden (Hoyt) who only grudgingly cooperates. Not exactly cutting-edge material for its time.

Unfortunately, the screenplay includes two big stretches. First is the expected Hollywood ending that's an abrupt reversal of what's gone before. Second-- in my book at least-- is making the school co-educational. I just can't see how mixing teen-age girls with hormonally-driven boys is going to make anyone's job easier or more effective. Nonetheless, it does set up an audience-pleasing battle of the bra's, especially Dorothy Provine, who's soon to take a few steps up the Hollywood ladder and I can see why.

Shouldn't overlook several of Hollywood's best baddies of the period. We've got Scott Marlowe who snarled with the best of the teenage punks, as he does here. Then there's John Hoyt, his cruel face and manner perfect for a tough warden. And shouldn't neglect Richard Reeves as the hulking guard, ever an intimidating screen presence.

All in all, it's an excellent cast for a B-movie independent. So, if you can overlook some of the stretches, the film's got genuine compensations.

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