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Child Bride
Child Bride of the Ozarks / Dust to Dust

USA 1938
produced by
Kroger Babb
directed by Harry Revier
starring Shirley Mills, Bob Bolinger, Warner Richmond, Diana Durrell, Angelo Rossitto (as Don Barrett (II)), Dorothy Carrol

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In a little impoverisched village somewhere in the Ozarks, teacher Miss Carroll (Diana Durrell) tries to make the backwood folks give up their traditions of child marriage & generally bring progress to the place. However, by a group of men, led by local badman Jake (Warner Richmond)  who are not liable to give up marrying children she is kidnapped one night as compensation for her efforts & almost tarred & feathered wouldn't it be for the timely intervention of good-natured Ira & his friends Happy & Angelo (Angelo Rossitto).

However, Ira tends to be drinking quite a bit, & when he's drunk, he eventually beats up his wife Flora pretty badly. & when one night Jake finds Flora passed out from a beating she received from her hubby, Jake sees his chance to get back at him & slits his throat but blames it on Flora. at the same time though he promises Flora to get her out of the situation ... if she lets him marry her teen daughter Jennie (Shirley Mills), whom he has long laid eyes on. To escape the gallows, Flora agrees.

Freddie, Jennie's boyfriend, now tries everything to prevent the wedding, he even begs his & her teacher Miss Carroll to intervene ... but to no avail, the wedding takes place anyhow - just hours before Miss Carroll's boyfriend, the D.A. Charlie arrives at the village with a law signed by the gouvernor to abolish child-marriages.

For Jennie however it seems too late, but then (rather out of the blue) Jake, when he is getting ready to deflower the girl, is shot by Angelo, & Jennie returns into the arms of Freddie.


Typical rural morality play - as they were popular with 1930's roadshow entrepreneurs (& producer Kroger Babb was arguably the most prominent of them) - that points its fibnger on a topic in a rather sensationalist manner to squeeze quite a bit of sleaze out of same subject (so to little surprise, teen-bride Shirley Mills has a tame almost-nude-scene - which was quite risqué for its time).

However, despite the sleaze, the budgetary limitations (as these roadshow pictures were usually made on a shoestring) & rather mediocre to bad acting, Child Bride has a nice look to it thanks to its authentic outdoor-sets & pittoresque landscapes.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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