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DANGEROUS YEARS

Arthur Pierson, 1947


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.

Genre
Crime
Color or b/w:
Black & white
Production Co(s).:
Fox
Released by:
Fox
Running time:
60

Billy Halop
Danny Jones
Ann Todd
Doris Martin
Jerome Cowan
Weston
Anabel Shaw
Connie Burns
Richard Gaines
Edgar Burns
Scotty Beckett
Willy Miller
Darryl Hickman
Leo Emmerson
Harry Shannon
Judge Raymond
Dickie Moore
Gene Spooner
Donald Curtis
Jeff Carter
Harry Harvey Jr.
Phil Kenny
Gil Stratton
Tammy McDonald
Joseph Vitale
August Miller
Marilyn Monroe
Evie
Nana Bryant
Miss Templeton
Tom Kennedy
Adamson
Lee Shumway
Alec
Mimi Doyle
Reporter
Claire Whitney
Woman

Producer:
Howard Sheehan
Director:
Arthur Pierson
Writer:
Arnold Belgard
Cinematographer:
Benjamin Kline
Editor:
Frank Baldridge
William Claxton
Music Composer:
Rudy Schrager

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