From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
Child Bride (1938, USA) is a Shocksploitation film directed by Harry Revier.
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- Released in 1938 | Black and White
- Running Time: 62 Min.
- Distribution Co: Kroger Babb Attractions (KBA)
- Directed by Harry Revier
- Written by Harry Revier
- Starring Diana Durrell, Warner Richmond, Shirley Mills, Dorothy Carrol, and George Humphreys
- Produced by Lloyd Friedgen, Raymond Friedgen
- Original Music by Felix Mills
- Cinematography by Marcel Le Picard
- Film Editing by Helene Turner
- Other crew: Kroger Babb: presenter (1945 reissue), Raymond Friedgen: presenter
Also Known As
- Child Bride of the Ozarks
- Child Brides (USA - reissue title)
- Dust to Dust (USA - reissue title)
Child Bride was promoted as educational and as an attempt to draw attention to the lack of laws banning child marriage in many states. The film is set in a remote town in the Ozarks. It was very controversial at the time both for its theme and because of a topless and nude swimming scene by then 12-year-old Shirley Mills. The film bypassed the ban of onscreen nudity under the Hays Code by being produced and distributed independently of the studio system, and by claiming to be educational. Although the film was banned in many areas, the movie's controversial nature gave it a certain infamy and it played on the so-called exploitation circuit for many years.