Girls in Distress

Girls in Distress (1939)

Jeune Filles en Detresse (Young Girls in Distress) was director G. W. Pabst's last French production before his (ill-timed) return to Nazi-occupied Austria in 1941. Somewhat reminiscent of Maedchen in Uniform, the story is set in a private girl's school, populated almost exclusively by children from broken homes. Among the few students who can claim family stability is Micheline Presle, but even her happiness is threatened when her lawyer father Andre Luguet inaugurates an affair with stage actress Jacqueline Debulac. With the help of Debulac's daughter Louisa Carletti, Presle is able to break up her father's romance and deliver him into the open arms of her mother Marcelle Chantal. On the whole, the performance by the younger cast members are more convincing than those rendered by the film's so-called adults.

Writing:
  • Jean Bernard-Luc
  • Christa Winsloe
  • Tristan Bernard
Directing:
  • G.W. Pabst
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  • Release Date: 1939-01-10
  • Language: en
  • Runtime: 90

René Génin

Le concierge du ministère

Marcelle Chantal

Docteur Marthe Presle

Jacqueline Delubac

Pola d'Ivry, la mère de Margot

André Luguet

Maître Jacques Presle

Micheline Presle

Jacqueline Presle

Georges Jamin

Le beau-père d'Amélie

Sinoël

Le concierge du théâtre

Pierre Bertin

Legris, le secrétaire de Me Presle

Nane Germon

Ernestine

Robert Pizani

Monsieur Tarrand

Milly Mathis

La mère d'Alice

Margo Lion

La mère de Thérèse

Marguerite Moreno

Madame Vuilliard

Jean Aquistapace

Ternier, le ministre de la justice

Madeleine Lebeau

Une élève de la pension

Marthe Mellot

Mademoiselle Jeanne
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