Illegal Wives, 1937. Also released as Polygamy, Child Marriage, and Child Marriage in Polygamy
“Bishop” Ross Miller has a “divine revelation” and settles his dirty, backwoods flock in the desert wilderness of “Short Creek,” Arizona. Twenty-four years later, a mangy little shantytown has developed complete with a “Shrine of Celestial Marriage,” lots of kids, and, yeah, a bunch of Illegal Wives – or, as the neighboring community calls them, “rotten polygamists!”
But it sure ain’t paradise for Bishop Miller. The righteous, prune-faced Sisters of the congregation are annoyed that he hasn’t taken another wife – “He needs wives!” – and the Elders are grumbling that he’s altogether too liberal with his daughter, Ruth. Why, the Bishop even buys her a new (utterly plain) checkered dress by mail which Ruth goes absolutely ga-ga over: “It’s real city clothes!” And it cost all of $2.75! Worse, Ruth is being courted by hunky hero Jim Blackton, a “non-believer” from outside the community, who invites Ruth to a dance (gasp!) and, at his home, impresses her with his spiffy new radio.
Well! There’s obviously only one thing to do: a bunch of stern, sourpuss Sisters offer themselves to the Bishop as potential wives while creepy Lank Smith, a man who obviously has never seen a razor blade in his entire life, decides to add Ruth to his collection of wives: “Love is plural, not singular!” As a spitefully sick touch, the congregation forces the Bishop to perform the ceremony…
This movie sounds AWESOME. It’s only $10 too