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Delinquent Parents

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Delinquent Parents
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNick Grinde
Screenplay byNicholas T. Barrows
Robert St. Claire
Produced byBen Judell
StarringDoris Weston
Maurice Murphy
Helen MacKellar
Terry Walker
Richard Tucker
Charlotte Treadway
CinematographyM. A. Anderson
Edited byS. Roy Luby
Progressive Pictures
Distributed byProgressive Pictures
Release date
  • July 15, 1938 (1938-07-15)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

Delinquent Parents is a 1938 American crime film directed by Nick Grinde and written by Nicholas T. Barrows and Robert St. Claire. The film stars Doris Weston, Maurice Murphy, Helen MacKellar, Terry Walker, Richard Tucker and Charlotte Treadway. The film was released on July 15, 1938, by Progressive Pictures.[1][2][3]


In the closing days of the Great War, Edith Ellis secretly marries Charles Wharton Jr., a young army lieutenant from an influential family. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 occurs just prior to her husband's sailing to France, his influential family successfully seeks to have their weakling son's marriage annulled. Edith is injured in an automobile accident with Edith and her family keeping her pregnancy secret, putting her child up for adoption.

Edith's daughter is adopted and raised as Carol Caldwell, but in a fit of rage her adoption is revealed to her circle of friends by her former friend. Shamed by not knowing she was adopted, Carol cruelly turns her back on her adopted parents and works as a nightclub singer where she attracts a young crowd to the establishment. Carol's adopted parents turn to their fiend Edith Ellis, now an unmarried Judge who doesn't know that Carol is really her daughter.

More complications ensue when Carol's nightclub is secretly owned by a major criminal and Carol is threatened with being charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.



  1. ^ "Delinquent Parents (1938) - Overview". Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  2. ^ Hans J. Wollstein. "Delinquent Parents (1938) - Nick Grinde". AllMovie. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  3. ^ "Delinquent Parents". Retrieved 2019-06-01.
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