Mad Youth

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Mad Youth
Mad Youth FilmPoster.jpeg
original film poster
Directed by Melville Shyer
Produced by Willis Kent (uncredited)
Written by Willis Kent (uncredited)
Starring Betty Compson
Mary Ainslee
Cinematography Harvey Gould
Marcel Le Picard
Edited by Robert Jahns
Distributed by Willis Kent Productions
Release date
  • 1940 (1940)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mad Youth is a 1940 American film directed by Melville Shyer. The film is also known as Girls of the Underworld (American reissue title).

Plot summary[edit]

Divorceé Marian Morgan (Compson) hires a male escort Count DeHoven (Willy Castello), who has an affair with her teenage daughter, Mary (Ainslee).

After her wild parties, with jitterbugs and strip poker, Helen's grandmother (Fealy), locks her out of the house, and she runs away to marry a man she met through correspondence.

Marian gets fed up with her daughter and her friends. She laments that she never got to be young, and free, like they are; and, tells her daughter to go live with her Father, for a while. Mary doesn't get along with his new wife; so, she decides to go visit Helen, after getting a letter, from her.

The "Count" is furious with Marian, for letting her daughter traipse across the country, without knowing who she is with; and, warns her that mail-order marriage scams can be one of the worst traps there is. Together they track down an address, and he hurries to try to save Mary and Helen (Atkinson).

The girls have been imprisoned in a prostitution and white slavery ring, in a big old mansion. It was all a ruse; and, Helen was beaten until she gave in, and wrote to send for her friend.[1]

Time is running out. It looks like there's going to be a fight, if the “Count” is going to save Mary, and marry her, before she disappears into the underworld, forever.[2]



  • "I'd Rather Be a Bum on Broadway Than an Angel in the Sky"


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