The title refers to the years in which juvenile delinquency is most prevalent. The story concerns a young hoodlum, Halop (the former Dead End Kid), who recruits students into his gang. On a warehouse raid he kills the most popular teacher in the school. At the ensuing trial Gaines' adopted daughter, Todd, rises to Halop's defense, as he once did for her when they were both in an orphanage. District attorney Gaines throws the book at Halop, but the defense lawyer, Cowan, lays the blame at the feet of the delinquent's parents. Halop is sentenced to life imprisonment, but what Gaines doesn't realize is that the boy he just condemned is his own son. Marilyn Monroe's role here is a bit part to be sure, but it did not end up on the cutting room floor as in in her debut film, SCUDDA-HOO! SCUDDA-HAY!, the year before. (All that remained was a long shot of her rowing a boat in a distant background). Nonetheless, Fox, which had signed her to a year's contract, dropped the contract before anything more substantial came about.