- Actors: Girl 27
- Directors: David Stenn
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
- Release Date: Oct. 16 2007
- Run Time: 80 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000UYX4JA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,953 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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?System Requirements:Running time: 80 mins Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/INDEPENDENTLY DISTRIBUTED UPC: 798622355126 Manufacturer No: WLV3551
Top Customer Reviews
David Stenn uncovered a still extant file on Patricia Douglas and actual film footage of the arrival and start of the salesmen fete.It wasn't that long into the party when Patricia Douglas was raped by one of the salesmen.Patricia sued MGM,a bold move for the 30s,and the wagons at MGM immediately circled.Misinformation and behind the scenes manipulation all but crushed any hopes that Patricia would ever succeed with her claim.
Fast forward to the early 2000s and David Stenn enters the picture trying to put what little pieces there are of the puzzle, with what he slowly but surely uncovers,together.He interviews Roach biographer and Laurel and Hardy author Richard Bann as they walk in the area of what was once the Roach Ranch.As the doctor who"examined" Patricia right after the rape was recommended by Roach,one wonders how much did Roach know,or any of the entertainers on the bill,for that matter?(these two questions are never touched upon,and are all but lost in time).He tracks down her assailant who has since passed away.But miracle of miracles occurs when he finds that Patricia is alive and well in Las Vegas! When he is finally able to gain her trust,which took considerable time and patience,Stenn through long talks on the phone,eventually persuades Patricia to go on camera for the record.It is heart wrenching to see this now 85 year old lady talk in stops and starts about the still raw and humiliating experience she suffered those many years before.
The film fills in as many gaps as can be filled,as time has been enemy#1 on this case.He interviews the siblings of the man who found Patricia outside the building and took her to the hospital,another rape victim which occurred a few months after Patricia's and experienced the same thing she had,and an interview with Patricia's daughter.It seems Patricia was certainly naive when she worked at MGM,but her brutal rape obviously shaped the rest of her life in many unforeseen ways.She became a loner and her personal life became a more than dysfunctional one.Mr.Stenn got to Patricia in time, as just a short while after,she passed away.
Technically the film is in its original w/s a/r of 1:66:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include commentary,a photo gallery and a Paramount short of the era about extra girls ,which gives one a nice backgrounder on the whole extra scene back then.I would advise one watch the short first.Btw,the short has a 1:37:1 a/r but is shown in the 1:66:1 a/r ,which essentially chops much of the bottom off.I believe the point was just to convey the background on extras,which it did,and the a/r was secondary,which in this case I did not mind.
All in all a very compelling and sordid mess of a story that will stick with you LONG after you watch it;not only for those questions answered,but all the unanswered ones.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
When she tried to seek justice, she got screwed again - this time by everyone from top MGM brass, the district attorney, the press, and key witnesses to her doctor, lawyer and own mother. The emotional ripple effect of that crime has been felt by three generations to-date.
Flash forward 65 years to Hollywood historian, author and filmmaker David Stenn's discovery of Douglas' story in old newspapers while researching a Jean Harlow biography and pursuing the truth, much to the chagrin of Douglas who gave up hoping for justice long ago.
GIRL 27 is not only a documentary about a powerful studio scandal and cover-up, it's also the story of how an 85-year-old woman overcomes decades of pain, fear and disappointment to learn to trust someone again when they say "I want to help you find justice, vindication, peace." As such, I liked that the film shows the development of Stenn and Douglas' friendship and the emotional bond they formed.
The most compelling part of the film is Douglas' on-camera recollections, speaking about the rape for the first time ever. (She was never interviewed for any of the exploitative newspaper articles of the day.) This is a woman who needed to feel, and did ultimately feel, heard and understood.
There's lot to love about this film besides the courage and heroic beauty of Patricia Douglas. Vintage film clips showing how violence against women was treated by Hollywood at the time, interviews with family members of key players in the story and insights provided by experts such as actress Diana Carey (herself a victim of studio system sexual harassment), author Judy Lewis (the daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, and victim of a Hollywood scandal cover-up), attorney Michael Taitelman and legal analyst Greta Van Susteren.
I'd highly recommend viewing the DVD while listening to Stenn's audio commentary track. He provides lots of relevant insights and additional facts pertaining to the case and Hollywood history, as well as background tid-bits on the making of the documentary. I thought it was one of the more compelling commentary tracks I've heard in years.
The resulting dvd is a wonderful surprise and most definitely is a 'must see'. While the article was outstanding, the film (and esp. the interview with "GIRL 27" Patricia Douglas) has a poignancy that even surpasses the impact of the long form article.
It's great to see David Stenn utilizing his considerable skills and those of his associates in this film. I would definitely recommend this documentary to anyone interested in the golden age of Hollywood and/or the studio system. Fascinating and heart-rending.
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