Forgotten Girls

Forgotten Girls is a 1940 American crime film directed by Phil Rosen and written by F. Hugh Herbert, Joseph Moncure March and George Beck. The film stars Louise Platt, Donald Woods, Wynne Gibson, Robert Armstrong, Eduardo Ciannelli and Jack La Rue. The film was released on March 15, 1940, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

Forgotten Girls
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhil Rosen
Produced byRobert North
Screenplay byF. Hugh Herbert
Joseph Moncure March
George Beck
Story byFrank McDonald
StarringLouise Platt
Donald Woods
Wynne Gibson
Robert Armstrong
Eduardo Ciannelli
Jack La Rue
Music byCy Feuer
Paul Sawtell
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byErnest J. Nims
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • March 15, 1940 (1940-03-15)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States


Factory worker Judy Wingate financially supports her stepmother Frances, who is keeping company with Eddie Nolan, a gangster. Eddie makes a pass at Judy, who knocks him cold with a skillet. A furious Frances finds Eddie recovering, strikes him again and kills him. But it is Judy who is arrested, convicted and sent to prison for five years.

A reporter covering the trial, Dan Donahue, develops a romantic attraction to Judy, who finds prison bearable, at least being far from her wicked stepmother. A guilty conscience persuades Frances, however, to offer $10,000 from Judy's life insurance policy to mobsters Gorno and Mullins to break her out of jail.

All spirals downhill from there. Judy threatens to go to the police and tell all she knows. Mullins, angry with Frances, runs her down with a car. On her deathbed, Frances attempts to confess, but Gorno shoots her before she can speak. Donahue and the police, however, are able to get the better of the villains and clear Judy's name once and for all.



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  2. Sandra Brennan. "Forgotten Girls (1940) - Phil Rosen". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  3. "Forgotten Girls". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
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