Reform School Girl (1957): Exploitation Picture, Starring Gloria Castillo and Marking Screen Debut of Sally Kellerman as Butch Dyke

Directed by Edward Bernds and produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Reform School Girl was one of many sexploitation films released by American International Pictures (AIP).

Formulaic, as most of AIP pictures, the tale centers on young girls, typically depicted as “good” or especially “bad,” girls who were petty criminals, gang members, or the girlfriends of gang members.

Gloria Castillo plays Donna Price, who is picked up on double date by Vince (Edwad Byrnes), realizing that his car is stolen. Vince tells the others to get out, leaving Donna as his only passenger. When she shows concern about the other couple notifying the police, Vince says he would murder anybody who turned on him.

When the police attempt to pull Vince over for speeding, Vince strikes a pedestrian in the chase and kills him. He flees the scene leaving Donna in the car. Fearful, she refuses to identify Vince, and considered a juvenile delinquent, she is sent to state school for girls.

Movie Cycle

Other AIP films in the genre included Drag Strip Girl, Hot Rod Girl, and High School Hellcats.

Reform School Girl was released by AIP as double feature, alongside with “Shake, Rattle and Rock.”

Sally Kellerman Ebut

Marking the screen debut of Sally Kellerman, better known for her Oscar nominated turn in Altman’s M.A.S.H.

Kellerman later recalled: “My first film was also my worst. I played a school dyke and carried a tool case. When I came on screen, everybody in the theater laughed. I didn’t work for three years after that.