Sunday, March 7, 2010

Girl 27: Watch It

It is free on the Internet at SnagFilms. It is called Girl 27. It tells the story of one rape case from 1937 in Hollywood. It is a such a compelling story. You watch all of the people's lives that were destroyed because of the rape. First Patricia Douglas, but also her daughter, her mother, the parking attendant who perjured himself at the trial. The betrayal by her mother and lawyer.

This is not just a story about about corruption in Hollywood; it is a story about the long term and devastating impact of rape.

This is the blurb for the film from SnagFilms website.

Girl 27: (2007) 86 min

The reclusive Patricia Douglas comes out of hiding to discuss the 1937 MGM scandal

Hollywood 1937—Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the world’s most prestigious and powerful movie studio, tricks 120 underage chorus girls into attending a stag party for its visiting salesmen. When dancer Patricia Douglas tries to flee, she is brutally raped; defying the studio’s order for silence, Douglas files a landmark lawsuit while MGM launches the biggest cover-up in Hollywood history-until six decades later, when author-screenwriter David Stenn stumbles upon the story. Stenn’s decade-long search for the truth leads to Patricia Douglas herself, nearly ninety and still in hiding. Will she go public once again, or will Hollywood’s best-suppressed scandal die with her?


  1. "Will she go public once again, or will Hollywood’s best-suppressed scandal die with her?"

    The latter. Especially now that good people like you are writing about it.

    Let justice, at last, be served.

  2. Thanks Ray. I'm making my Women's History class watch for next week. I just wish things would change. A down moment - just listened to presentations on women and prisons, Andrea Dworkin, feminization of medicine being blamed for the doctor's shortage in Canada, etc. - on the upside, it energizes my students. They are so surprised to find out what they find out. They are also surprised at what hasn't been studied. There's lots more to do!