Cast & Crew
From her bed in the police department's hospital, critically injured Katy White reviews with her younger sister Laura the actions that led to her current predicament: One night, the teenage Laura sneaks into the bedroom she shares with Katy after a night of drinking with small-time hoodlum Al Simpson. At breakfast the next morning, their widowed bank guard father is cleaning his gun in preparation for a shooting contest when Al arrives to pick up Laura. Once they are alone, Al asks Laura to prove her love by stealing her father's gun. Later, Amy Clark, a policewoman, arrives at the White's home, and, worried about the juvenile delinquency problem, asks Laura and her friends, Frank Monahan and Lester, if they would help her fix up a recreational center for their peers. They agree, and a teenage jive club soon opens with great success. Laura, however, prefers to spend her time at a real nightclub with Al and his friend, Harry Katchel. Later, Katy forces her sister to leave the nightclub and return to the teen club. Angry at Katy's interference, Al and Harry persuade Laura to spike the fruit punch, then call the police to have the club raided. An intoxicated Katy then goes to the nightclub to find her sister, only to have Harry take her to Al's home and attempt to rape her. Frank arrives in the nick of time, however, and rescues her. The next morning, Mr. White reads the newspaper reports of the many incidents at the teen club, which include the attempted suicide of abused teenager Peggy Baker. Laura, however, is interested in a different story, one concerning an attempted armed robbery by two unidentified young men. Later, Amy holds a meeting with the teenagers in an attempt to reopen the jive club by discovering who spiked the fruit punch. After the meeting, Katy confesses to Frank that she is afraid that Laura may attempt to run away with Al. Her suspicions prove accurate, as Laura is packing her belongings, which now include her father's gun, which she has been hiding for Al since the botched robbery attempt. That afternoon, Amy discovers that it was Al and Harry who spiked the punch with gin, and she goes looking for Harry at a local pool hall. Meanwhile, Katy returns homw with Frank to inform her father of their engagement, and discovers that Laura has run away. Laura then meets with Al at the nightclub, and upon learning that he does not intend to marry her, pulls out her father's gun. Katy and Frank arrive as Al and Laura struggle over the gun, and Katy is accidentally shot. Back at the hospital, Laura promises Katy not to run away again, then is turned over to the juvenile authorities by Amy, who tells her father not to blame himself.
The Three Thorntons
J. D. Kendis
J. D. Kendis
The viewed print was entitled Hoodlum Girls, the name under which the film was re-released in 1959 by Social Service Pictures of Hollywood.