Girl 27

2007

Girl 27

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In 1937, Patricia Douglas was a 20-year-old living in Hollywood with her mother, a dressmaker. Patricia was a talented dancer who had landed bit parts in several movies when she was hired for what she was told would be a day's work at the Hal Roach Studios in a project for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. However, the truth was Patricia was one of 120 young woman hired as hostesses for a wild party being thrown by MGM for 282 regional sales men from distribution branches around the country. The evening turned into a drunken free-for-all, and Patricia was raped by a salesman from Chicago. MGM was determined to keep the incident quiet, but Patricia was equally determined to bring her attacker to justice and see that the most powerful studio in Hollywood was held accountable. While Patricia Douglas' story was briefly national news, MGM used their considerable influence to discredit Patricia and wipe the incident from their official records, but in 2003 writer David Stenn tracked down Patricia and interviewed her for a major story on the forgotten scandal published in Vanity Fair. Girl 27 marks Stenn's debut as a documentary filmmaker, as he brings this story of Hollywood's seedy underside to the screen. Girl 27 was screened in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Girl 27

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  • Writer David Stenn stumbled across the shocking story of Patricia Douglas and MGM around the time he was finishing his biography of Jean Harlow, and he immediately sprang into action.

    Jul 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Girl 27] not without fascination, in part because he's dug up extraordinary footage that features Douglas and her attacker. He also dug up Douglas herself, and it's her story that dominates the movie.

    Jul 26, 2007
  • Pic's self-serving approach is contemptible.

    Jan 31, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Girl 27 is about the moral hypocrisy of Hollywood as well as a testament to the lingering damage inflicted by rape.

    Jan 25, 2007
  • This stunning expose of Hollywood's buried scandal is a revelation about the movie industry's influence, and a well-documented backgrounder on Hollywood's 'casting couch' attitude towards women

    Sep 1, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Archival clips and personal interviews tell a fascinating story of a girl done in by the corruption of MGM, the District Attorney, her attorney, and her own mother!

    Jul 30, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girl 27

  • Mar 11, 2013
    Interesting topic but terrible storytelling.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Raining on the idea of the golden age of Hollywood, this is the story of a young girl who is raped at an MGM party, whose name the studio smears and libels, and who subsequently disappears.
    Steve K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2011
    A compelling and a sad story, but at least Patricia Douglas was alive long enough to be able to tell her story. I was completely appalled at how ebverything and everyone was against this woman. It makes a person wonder how many times this actuaklly happened in which it didn't get reported especially with the character assassination that Patricia Douglas had endured.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2010
    Stern's material falls a little short of being sufficient for a full length documentary. While Douglas's case is compelling and what happened to her reprehensible, the more important story is how the corruption in our capitalist status quo infiltrates the judicial system. Of particular interest is the illustration this story (one of many) provides of how utterly corrupt the film industry is and how they control LA and CA. As anybody who lives here understands, the primary directive of the authorities is to protect the film industry and the rich assholes who control it, other industries and customary functions being secondary. Also of interest is the degree to which aspiring actresses were required to whore themselves to the undeserving immigrant scoundrels who run the industry. (Not a lot has changed.) As far as Douglas's legal ordeal is concerned, since somebody in her position has no chance of receiving justice, it would have behooved her to ram a 9 inch hat pin up the nose or through the ear of the swarthy subhuman creep who attacked her. For some additional perspective concerning over-privileged, undeserving heels who just have to press the envelope, see <I>Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired</I> to better understand the reasons for his seemingly prima faice unjust treatment by our legal system.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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