The Violent Years

1956 film by William G. Morgan

The Violent Years is a 1956 American exploitation movie starring Jean Moorhead as Paula Parkins, the leader of a gang of juvenile delinquent high school girls. Ed Wood, Jr., the director of Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space, wrote the screenplay. It was originally titled Teenage Girl Gang. Star Jean Moorhead was the Playboy Playmate for October 1955.

The Violent Years
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Directed byWilliam Morgan
Produced byRoy Reid
Written byEd Wood
StarringJean Moorhead
CinematographyWilliam C. Thompson
Edited byGerard Wilson
Premier Productions
Distributed byHeadliner Productions
Release date
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


  • Jean Moorhead as Paula Parkins
  • Barbara Weeks as Jane Parkins
  • Arthur Millan as Carl Parkins
  • Theresa Hancock as Georgia
  • Glen Corbett as Barney Stetson
  • Joanne Cangi as Geraldine
  • Gloria Farr as Phyllis
  • Lee Constant as Sheila
  • I. Stanford Jolley as Judge Clara
  • Timothy Farrell as Lt. Holmes
  • F. Chan McClure as Det. Artman
  • Bruno Metsa as Manny
  • Harry Keaton as Doctor


Paula Parkins gets her kicks leading a gang of bored young women in criminal activities. The gang dresses in men's clothes, robs gas stations, and terrorizes couples in a local lovers' lane. Paula even rapes a young man.

Paula and her pals wreck a few classrooms in a public school. The police arrive and a deadly shootout takes place. Two members of Paula's gang are killed. Paula shoots and kills a policeman.

Paula is captured, convicted, and dies in the hospital giving birth to the child she conceived during the rape. Paula's parents are denied custody of their daughter's baby because they did a poor job of raising Paula.


Patrick McKinnon writes, "There are some movies that shouldn't be watched alone or sober. This is one of them. It makes you want to go back in time and beat Ed Wood Jr. to death with one of his own angora sweaters."[1]


  1. "Bad Movie Review - The Violent Years". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2013-05-27.


  • The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1996), documentary film directed by Brett Thompson
  • Rudolph Grey, Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1992) ISBN 978-0-922915-24-8

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