Girls on Probation

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Girls on Probation
Girls on Probation poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William C. McGann
Produced by Bryan Foy
Written by Crane Wilbur
Starring Jane Bryan
Ronald Reagan
Anthony Averill
Sheila Bromley
Henry O'Neill
Elisabeth Risdon
Music by Howard Jackson
Cinematography Arthur L. Todd
Edited by Frederick Richards
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • August 22, 1938 (1938-08-22)
Running time
63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Girls on Probation is a 1938 American crime film directed by William C. McGann and written by Crane Wilbur. The film stars Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, Anthony Averill, Sheila Bromley, Henry O'Neill and Elisabeth Risdon.[1] The film was released by Warner Bros. on August 22, 1938.


Innocent young Connie Heath (Jane Bryan) is persuaded to borrow a party dress from her friend, "fast girl" Hilda Engstrom (Sheila Bromley), who has actually misappropriated it from the dry cleaner where she works. After the real owner of the dress, witchy Gloria Adams (Susan Hayward), spots Connie out in the dress (which is subsequently torn in a car door), Connie is falsely accused of theft and prosecuted as Hilda flees town and leaves her to take the blame. Though Gloria withdraws her charge, the insurance company continues to persecute poor Connie, resulting in a charge of grand larceny. Championing her cause is crusading attorney Neil Dillon (Ronald Reagan)- coincidentally, also Connie's date on the evening in question- who gets Connie off with probation.

Connie leaves town after being mistreated by her unsympathetic father (Sig Ruman) and gets a job in order to pay for the damaged dress. One day she spots Hilda waiting in a parked car on the street and begins to argue with her in the car when Hilda's boyfriend emerges from a bank he has just robbed, fleeing the scene with Connie in tow. She is arrested and convicted while refusing to give her real name or full story for fear of humiliating her family.

Eventually the truth begins to emerge, and Connie is given probation, returns home, and becomes engaged to Dillon. When Hilda is given probation, she returns to town as well, to make even more trouble for Connie, especially after her boyfriend escapes prison.[2]


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