They Were So Young (1954)

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A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market.

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  • Raymond Burr and Scott Brady in They Were So Young (1954)
  • Scott Brady and Johanna Matz in They Were So Young (1954)
  • Scott Brady and Johanna Matz in They Were So Young (1954)
  • Raymond Burr, Scott Brady, and Johanna Matz in They Were So Young (1954)
  • Raymond Burr, Scott Brady, Gisela Fackeldey, Johanna Matz, Katharina Mayberg, Kurt Meisel, and Ingrid Stenn in They Were So Young (1954)
  • Gisela Fackeldey, Johanna Matz, and Ingrid Stenn in They Were So Young (1954)

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2 December 2011 | dougdoepke
Sleazy Import
An American engineer helps a German girl escape the clutches of a white slavery ring in South America.

The movie's a peculiar production. The origin appears West German since the names in the credit crawl are German, while the cast, except for Brady, is also German. I guess the film was released here by Lindsley Parsons' low-budget outfit. All in all, the package seems odd since not many English-language films came from West Germany during this post-war period.

Anyway, the result plays like an exploitation movie with its tawdry subject-matter (notice all the euphemisms used for the taboo word "prostitute"), plus a suggestive title that, as I recall, was heavily promoted at the time. The opening part in the city plays pretty well, but once the action moves inland, the screenplay becomes darn near incoherent with its shifting locales minus connecting segues.

Still, Matz is a spunky little number, reminding me of Debbie Reynolds with an accent, while Brady delivers a surprisingly spirited performance as the white knight. Burr turns up in a sinister role so typical of his pre-Perry Mason period; at the same time, his jumbo tropical suit suggests a younger version of the great Sydney Greenstreet.

The movie has a few good moments and some suspense, but on the whole fails to rise above the level of exotic sleaze.

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Plot Summary


Adventure | Crime | Drama | Thriller


Release Date:

7 January 1955


English, German

Country of Origin

West Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Hamburg, Germany

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