Good Time Girl (1949)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 28, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Bruce Eder

David MacDonald's Good Time Girl (1948) could easily be misconstrued as the UK answer to John Cromwell's Caged -- except that it was release two years before Cromwell's movie and isn't nearly as good. The script, adapted from Arthur La Bern's Night Darkens The Streets, is a little too predictable for this ever to have been a great movie, and it never allows director David MacDonald to hit his stride as a visual storyteller or a director of actors in the manner of, say, his work on The Brothers. Perhaps it was the topicality of the material that got in everyone's way -- the cast is way too earnest in what is essentially a message movie. One heartily wishes that the framing story weren't present, along with the overriding cautionary nature of the screenplay as is, to see what MacDonald and the writers might have done without having to put the Flora Robson character so close to the center of the narrative. None of the performances is especially great, although Kent is reasonably convincing as a teenage girl whose foolhardiness is her own worst enemey. Diana Dors also has a small role, and such future luminaries as Michael Hordern and director Peter Glenville also turn up in roles of varying sizes.