Child Bride

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Child Bride, also known as Child Brides, Child Bride of the Ozarks, and Dust to Dust (USA reissue titles), is a 1943 American film directed by Harry Revier and produced by Raymond L. Friedgen.wikipedia
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Harry Revier

Child Bride, also known as Child Brides, Child Bride of the Ozarks, and Dust to Dust (USA reissue titles), is a 1943 American film directed by Harry Revier and produced by Raymond L. Friedgen.
Harry Jack Revier (16 March 1890 – 13 August 1957) was an independent American director, producer and first generation exploitation film maker best known for his sound films The Lost City (1935), Lash of the Penitentes (1936), and Child Bride (1938).

Shirley Mills

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.
She played the roles of the youngest daughter in The Grapes of Wrath and the title character in Child Bride.

Exploitation film

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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. Child Bride was the first film produced by noted exploitation film producer and promoter Kroger Babb, who marketed it as an educational film and who would reissue it under various titles, including Child Brides, Child Bride of the Ozarks and Dust to Dust.
Child Bride (1938), for example, tackled the issue of older men marrying very young women in the Ozarks.

Film censorship in the United States

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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.
Some films produced outside the mainstream studio system during this time did flout the conventions of the code, such as Child Bride (1938), which featured a nude scene involving 12-year-old actress Shirley Mills.

Angelo Rossitto

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Before they can do this, however, Angelo the dwarf (Angelo Rossitto) and Mr. Colton (George Humphreys) arrive with a shotgun to save the day.
He had dwarfism and was 2'11" (89 cm) tall, and was often billed as Little Angie or Moe. Angelo first appeared in silent films opposite Lon Chaney and John Barrymore. On screen he portrayed everything from dwarfs, midgets, gnomes and pygmies as well as monsters, villains and aliens, with appearances in more than 70 films.Rossitto was born in Omaha, Nebraska and discovered by John Barrymore and made his screen debut opposite Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue (1927). That same year he appeared in Warner Brother's Old San Francisco. He appeared in the controversial 1932 film Freaks directed by Tod Browning, and another controversial film, 1938's Child Bride. During the 1940s, he appeared in several poverty row movies starring Bela Lugosi. He appeared frequently in television series and mini-series, particularly best known for the police drama Baretta, and his later film roles included appearances in Alex in Wonderland (1970), Brain of Blood (1971), Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), Little Cigars (1973), and Fairy Tales (1978).

Motion Picture Production Code

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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.
One example is Child Bride (1938), which featured a nude scene involving a twelve-year-old child actress (Shirley Mills).

Manos: The Hands of Fate

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In a separate interview with Frank Conniff, who selected films for the show, he cited it as the worst film he had watched as a potential selection for the show - alongside Manos: The Hands of Fate, which was screened on the show in January 1993.
During a Q&A session at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International, a question was put to the cast and writers of MST3K about any film they passed on that was worse than Manos, and many cited the film Child Bride.

Warner Richmond

Her campaign raises the ire of some local men, led by Jake Bolby (Warner Richmond), who one night drag her into the woods and tie her to a tree, with the intention of tarring and feathering her.

Nudity in film

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Using this framework, brief nude scenes of women appeared in Maniac (1934) and Sex Madness (1937), and nude swimming sequences in Marihuana (1936) and Child Bride (1938).

Alpha Video

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Alpha Video's DVD release presents the film in its uncensored form, while Mill Creek Entertainment included a censored version of the film in its 20 Movie Pack Cult Classics collection.

Kroger Babb

Child Bride was the first film produced by noted exploitation film producer and promoter Kroger Babb, who marketed it as an educational film and who would reissue it under various titles, including Child Brides, Child Bride of the Ozarks and Dust to Dust.

Child marriage

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The film was promoted as educational and as an attempt to draw attention to the lack of laws banning child marriage in many states.

Ozarks

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The film is set in a remote town in the Ozarks.

Toplessness

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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.

Nude swimming

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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.

Nudity

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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.

The Lost City (1935 serial)

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He had previously made a series of low-budget, independent movies including The Lost City series and Lash of the Penitentes.

Michael J. Nelson

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According to an interview with Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, this movie was screened for the show, but it was considered too awful and disturbing by the crew, with Murphy saying that he needed "a good cry and a shower" after the film.

Kevin Murphy (actor)

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According to an interview with Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, this movie was screened for the show, but it was considered too awful and disturbing by the crew, with Murphy saying that he needed "a good cry and a shower" after the film.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

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According to an interview with Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, this movie was screened for the show, but it was considered too awful and disturbing by the crew, with Murphy saying that he needed "a good cry and a shower" after the film.

Frank Conniff

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In a separate interview with Frank Conniff, who selected films for the show, he cited it as the worst film he had watched as a potential selection for the show - alongside Manos: The Hands of Fate, which was screened on the show in January 1993.

Tarring and feathering

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Her campaign raises the ire of some local men, led by Jake Bolby (Warner Richmond), who one night drag her into the woods and tie her to a tree, with the intention of tarring and feathering her.

Blackmail

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When her father dies, Bolby decides to take advantage of the opportunity to blackmail her mother into letting him marry the girl, threatening that otherwise he will see her hanged for murder.

Hanging

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When her father dies, Bolby decides to take advantage of the opportunity to blackmail her mother into letting him marry the girl, threatening that otherwise he will see her hanged for murder.