Thursday, March 6
Wednesday, March 5
A typical sex exploitation film from the early 1930s - complete with wild parties, sex out of wedlock, lesbianism, etc.
A chorus girl's exposure to the "casting couch" also exposes her to syphilis.
Exploitation filmmakers hoped to capitalize on the taboo subjects of venereal disease, sex before marriage, lesbianism, etc. while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which forbade a film from containing such content. Films like this would tour the United States for years - mostly being shown in rundown, skid row theaters. This film has been re-edited and re-titled ("Human Wreckage", "They Must Be Told", "Trial Marriage", "About Trial Marriage") many times to attract the same audience to film, to take advantage of a taboo subject which may have gotten press recently or to appease local censors who disapproved of the film's content.
Directed by Dwain Esper, starring Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley and Al Rigali.
Note: If you are interested in the rich, uniquely American history of exploitation films, there are two excellent books on the subject:
"Forbidden Fruit - The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film", Felicia Feaster and Bret Wood, Midnight Marquee Press, 1999.
"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919 - 1959" Eric Schaefer, Duke University Press, 1999.
Tuesday, March 4
A 1944 horror film directed by William Beaudine, starring Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and George Zucco.
Bela Lugosi uses hypnosis and voodoo to entrall a number of lovely young women so he can use their lifeforce to revive his wife, with assistance from George Zucco and John Carradine.
Monday, March 3
A 1960 film directed by O'Dale Ireland. Starring John Ashley, Gary Vinson and Steve Stevens.
Matt Stevens (John Ashley) is the "guy with the power" at his high school, but everyone despises him. He isn't, after all, known for his fairness and generosity. The tables are turned, however, when his fellow students resist his power and show him up at a drag race.
Sunday, March 2
Midnight Manhunt begins with the shooting death of a master criminal who expires in a wax museum. Reporter Sue Gallagher (Ann Savage) is first on the scene, but she is soon in competition with her boyfriend, fellow reporter Pete Willis (William Gargan).