Petticoat Larceny

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Petticoat Larceny
Directed byBen Holmes
William Dorfman (assistant)
Screenplay byJack Townley
Stuart Palmer
Produced byBert Gilroy
StarringRuth Warrick
Joan Carroll
Walter Reed
CinematographyFrank Redman
Edited byHarry Marker
Music byC. Bakaleinikoff
Roy Webb
Release date
  • July 17, 1943 (1943-07-17) (US)[1]
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

Petticoat Larceny is a 1943 American comedy film directed by Ben Holmes from an original screenplay by Jack Townley and Stuart Palmer. The film stars Ruth Warrick, Joan Carroll, and Walter Reed, and was released by RKO Radio Pictures (who also produced the film) on July 7, 1943.


Radio child star Joan Mitchell appears on a popular crime series called "Undercover Angel," but she's fed up with what she believes are the corny scripts, complaining that real children don't speak like that. She decides to "research" her role by investigating actual criminals. She's discovered snooping in their home by a trio of goofy, small time crooks, who, believing she's an orphan, take her in and agree to teach her some tricks of the trade. Meanwhile, her sudden disappearance has everyone naturally assuming she's been kidnapped, and things take a turn for the worse when she's recognized and snatched for real—so her new guardians take it upon themselves to rescue her.



  1. ^ "Petticoat Larceny". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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