Storm plays Judy Lawson, a young girl who works at a diner. She meets wealthy Danny Cheston (Jackie Cooper), who takes her dancing, but unbeknownst to Danny and Judy, his "friends" spike Judy's drink. The tipsy Judy ends up being escorted home from the date by Linda Woodford (Patricia Morison), a juvenile officer who tries to steer young people onto the right track before they end up in serious trouble with the law.
The distraught Judy, not knowing where to turn, is desperate to get to San Diego, where Danny is stationed. She ends up accepting a ride to San Diego from the same group of people who had previously spiked her drink. Unfortunately during the trip one of the boys hits a gas station attendant in the head, and the man later dies. Now Judy's in a lot of trouble...
Storm does a good job portraying a confused young lady who virtually every character acknowledges is "a nice girl but..." Lacking much love at home, her heartbreak over the rejection by Danny, her only "safe haven," is palpable. Cooper is also good as a young man who isn't perfect -- he's obviously out dancing with the wrong crowd -- but who is trying to do the right thing as he sees it, including not allowing his "connected" mother to pull strings and get him an officer's commission.
PERSONS IN HIDING (1939), which I watched almost exactly a year ago. There's an interesting tie-in to the war as Linda points out to community leaders that if juvenile delinquency is unchecked, it will not only hurt the young people and the town, it will provide propaganda for Hitler! It's also mentioned that wartime conditions, with both parents working long factory shifts, lead to young people being unsupervised. It's a darker homefront story than we usually see in films of the era.
WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN runs 73 minutes. It was directed by William Nigh and filmed by Ira Morgan and Mack Stengler. The screenplay by Hilary Lynn and George Wallace Sayre was based on a story by Lynn. The following year Nigh and Lynn collaborated on a similarly themed Monogram film, ARE THESE OUR PARENTS? (1944) with Helen Vinson and Lyle Talbot. I'd love to see it!
The supporting cast of WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN includes Addison Richards, Evelyn Eaton, Sarah Edwards, and Betty Blythe.
As a note of trivia, although IMDb uses a question mark in the film's title, the Warner Archive DVD case is correct; the title card is simply WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN.
The print is frequently "speckled," as also noted by Glenn Erickson in his positive review at DVD Savant. However, it does not detract from enjoying the movie. There are no extras on the disc.
This was an interesting and rather different WWII-era melodrama with a good cast. I enjoyed it, and I'm very glad the Warner Archive has made it available.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.