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Girls on Probation

Girls on Probation(1938)


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Connie Heath is a trusted employee of Todd's Cleaners. Against her strict father's orders, she goes dancing in a borrowed dress that turns out to be one her co-worker Hilda Engstrom took from work. When Gloria Adams, the owner of the dress, presses charges, Connie loses her job. When the insurance lawyer, Neil Dillon, tells her that she will go to jail unless she explains her actions, Connie breaks down and confesses that Hilda actually took the dress, but before Hilda can be arrested, she leaves town. Connie leaves town too, gets a job and makes regular restitution payments to Neil. One day Connie sees Hilda parked in front of the bank and insists that she sign a statement proving Connie's innocence. While they argue, shots ring out and Hilda's boyfriend Tony Rand gets into the car, fleeing the bank he has just robbed. After a chase, the three are arrested, and Connie is held as an accomplice. Connie's lawyer asks for probation, and the sympathetic probation officer, Jane Lennox, manages to get the true story from Connie. She recommends probation and sends Connie home. Neil gives her a job in his office, and they soon fall in love and become engaged. Meanwhile, Hilda has been released from prison and tries to blackmail Connie, forcing her to tell Neil the truth. Knowledge of her probation makes no difference to Neil, but after Tony escapes from prison, Hilda threatens to tell the District Attorney, and thus endanger Neil's career. Connie agrees to pawn her engagement ring to give money to Hilda, but while doing so, she writes a note asking the pawnbroker to call Neil. The police are waitng at Hilda's apartment and in the shootout that follows, Tony is killed. One of his bullets hits Hilda, who dies too after clearing Connie, leaving her free to marry Neil.