Under Age (1941)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Columbia Pictures put a goodly number of its contract starlets to work in the mild exploitationer Under Age. Fresh out of reform school, a bunch of delinquent girls fall in with a gang of crooks and are put to work as "hostesses" in a number of mob-controlled bars and cafes. The girls are expected to string along male customers so that the latter will squander their money on watered-down drinks and fixed poker games. When one gullible New Yorker is clipped to the tune of $18,000 worth of diamonds, the Law closes in. Nan Grey plays Jane Baird, who goes along with the B-girl racket until her sister (Mary Anderson) is bumped off by the minions of Big Boss Tap Manson (Alan Baxter). When first released, Under Age incurred the wrath of the Hays Office because of the film's preponderence of "sweater girls"-a 1941 euphemism for starlets with inordinately large breasts.



resort, tourist, wealth, con/scam, robbery