Rag Doll (film)

Rag Doll, released in the USA as Young, Willing and Eager, is a 1961 British B-movie crime film, directed by Lance Comfort and starring actor and singer Jess Conrad. The film gained a new audience in the 2000s in response to Conrad's elevation to cult status as a purveyor of late-1950s and early-1960s pre-Beatles British kitsch, and received a Region 2 DVD release in 2009 in a double bill with Comfort's 1962 film The Painted Smile.

Rag Doll
Directed byLance Comfort
Produced byTom Blakeley
Written byDerry Quinn
Brock Williams
StarringJess Conrad
Hermione Baddeley
Kenneth Griffith
Christina Gregg
Music byMartin Slavin
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Distributed byButcher's Film Service
Release date
1961
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Seventeen-year-old Carol (Christina Gregg) flees her small-town home to escape from her alcoholic stepfather, and heads off to London. Once in London she is drawn to the sleazy excitement of Soho and finds work in a coffee bar. She falls in love with handsome young nightclub singer Joe Shane (Conrad) and soon they are a couple. She then discovers that Joe is a small-time crook on the side, with a gang background and a line in burglary.

At work, Carol finds herself on the receiving end of advances from all manner of men, including her boss, Mort Wilson (Kenneth Griffith), who, though older, professes to be in love with her. When Carol becomes pregnant, Joe decides to do "one last job" to make the money to take them to a fresh start in Canada. He burgles Mort's house but Mort catches him. After shooting Mort dead, Joe, himself severely wounded, goes on the lam with Carol.

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