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directed by Peter Godfrey
USA 1947


Tom Bates (Ronald Reagan) has returned to Jordan, Ohio, after 18 years, rekindling the gossip that he fathered an illegitimate baby before he left. Mary Hagen (Shirley Temple), the now-grown subject of those rumors, soon finds herself an unwitting target for the town’s malicious whispers and lies. So when her mother dies without explaining her past, a tormented Mary turns to Tom for the truth about a scandal that ruined her life before it ever began. Said to be Temple’s favorite adult movie, That Hagen Girl also features 20-year-old Lois Maxwell as the former child star’s on-screen teacher and friend.


Theatrical Release: 24 October 1947 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:23:03

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:35)

DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2012
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That Hagen Girl received a notoriety in late 1970's to be included in the book "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time". The film, starring future president Ronald Reagan and 19-year-old Shirley Temple, is not all that bad, just a pedestrian melodrama that has some interesting and some over-the-top plot twists and turns. Rory Calhoun co-stars and Lois Maxwell got a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe for her performance.

The Warner Brothers production was released as part of made-on-demand Warner Archive service. The progressive transfer is fine with very little damage on the print and good contrast. The mono soundtrack is fine with no distortions. There is a theatrical trailer included as a bonus. This is a nice release, but those who enjoy bad movies be warned, this one is not all that terrible.

  - Gregory Meshman


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