According to Hollywood, the parents were generally at fault when good kids went bad. This theory is elucidated in Columbia's Parents on Trial, wherein strict disciplinarian James Westley (Henry Kolker) fails to understand or appreciate the real needs and feelings of his teenaged daughter Susan (Jean Parker). Rebelling against parental tyranny, Susan falls in with a gang of youths from similar unhappy households. Minor misbehavior blossoms into major lawbreaking, with parents and kids alike suffering from the results. Among the "kids" in Parents on Trial are Johnny Downs and Noah Beery Jr., both on the sunny side of thirty.
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