Reform School Girl (1957)

Released on a double feature with Shake, Rattle and RockReform School Girl is the story of Donna Price (Gloria Castillo, whose song Joshua Kadison wrote the song “Mother’s Arms” about her), a girl in the wrong place who went on the wrong date with the wrong man at the wrong time. He leaves the scene of a hit and run, telling her that he’ll kill her if she tells the cops he was there. This leads her to, you know it, reform school.

Meanwhile, that wrong man remains convinced that Donna is going to tell the police what really happened, so he makes it seem like she’s a police informant. This leads to a girl on girl battle over a pair of scissors with even badder girl Roxy (Yvette Vickers, whose Playboy Playmate of the Month centerfold for July of 1959 was shot by Russ Meyer).

Reform School Girls is an American-International Pictures film directed by veteran Edward Bernds, who started his career with Three Stooges shorts (he struggled with the first few, as Curly’s health was in bad shape and it was difficult to work around) and films in the BlondieGasoline Alley and Bowery Boys series. He’d go on to direct Queen of Outer SpaceReturn of the Fly and 59 episodes of the new Stooges TV show and two of their full-length movies, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and The Three Stooges In Orbit.

Keep an eye out for Luana Anders (Easy Rider), Diana Darrin (The Incredible Shrinking Man), Edd Byrnes (Vince Fontaine!) and Sally Kellerman in her first acting role.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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