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Girl 27 (7/10)
by Tony Medley
In the late spring of 1937 Patricia Douglas, a 20-year-old dancer,
responded to a casting call at MGM and was sent to Hal Roachís ranch in
the Valley along with more than a hundred other young dancers and
starlets. What they found was not a shoot but a bacchanalian party
thrown by MGM for its salesmen from throughout the United States. While
there she was brutally attacked and raped by Chicagoan David Ross, whose
sleazy, ugly looks make him a perfect villain.
Douglas was young, inexperienced, and naÔve, but a fighter, so she
didnít let it lie. Instead she reported it to the police and filed a
civil suit. Alas, even though our legal system isnít much better at
providing justice now than it was then, Los Angeles in the Ď30s was
thoroughly corrupt and she was taking on the most powerful corporation
in the city, if not the country. Louis B. Mayer, its kingpin, was the
highest paid executive in the depression-plagued country. Mayer and his
thug VP for security, Eddie Mannix, conspired with a corrupt District
Attorney, a corrupt doctor, and Douglasís corrupt attorney and even her
corrupt mother, to, in Mannixís words, ďkill her.Ē He was speaking
metaphorically, but accurately.
David Stenn somehow came across the tale and wrote a long story about it
in 2003 for the magazine Vanity Fair, an article I read at the
time. He was so taken with the story that he decided to make a
documentary about it, and this is it. The title comes from the list of
young ladies invited to the function at Roachís ranch. Douglas was
number 27 on the list. He comes up with some remarkable film clips,
including one of Ross arriving in Los Angeles.
This film tells two stories, one of which is about Douglas. But it also
tells of Stennís quest to find out the facts and get Douglas to appear
on camera for an interview. She was initially extremely reluctant, but
eventually relents. The Los Angeles Times reviewer castigated Stenn for
putting so much of himself in the film, but I disagree. I think that
Stennís detective work adds immeasurably to what is, in essence, just a
tawdry tale of a young girl done wrong by the system. The difficulty he
had in finding her, and then in persuading her to talk, makes the story
Stenn captures what life was like in Hollywood very well, including a
long interview with Judy Lewis, who was a high school classmate and good
friend of my sister, who talks about how her real mother, Loretta Young,
hid the fact of her parentage from her until she found out about it in
middle age. Stenn confesses that he grew to love Douglas, but his
filmmaking is of such a quality that neither I nor my friend who
accompanied me to the film came out with much sympathy for her, despite
Stennís confessed bias. She allowed the event to define her and to
destroy her life. She is a singularly unsympathetic figure, despite the
terrible wrong that was done to her by everyone involved.
This is a one-man documentary that will not be in theaters long. I found
it interesting and worth seeing. If you want to see it, however, you
will have to act now.
July 29, 2007