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The Road to Ruin (1934)

A young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion.

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Ann Dixon
Nell O'Day ...
Eve Monroe
Glen Boles ...
Tommy
Robert Quirk ...
Ed (as Bobby Quirk)
Paul Page ...
Ralph Bennett
Richard Hemingway ...
Brad
Virginia True Boardman ...
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Dixon
Donald Kerr ...
Drunk shooting Dice
Eleanor Thatcher ...
Dancer
Neal Pratt ...
Evans
Jimmy Tolson ...
Club Singer Jimmy
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A young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion.

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An innocent girl! A life destroyed!

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15 May 1934 (USA)  »

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Vias da Ruína  »

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Adapted by William Zeffiro into a tongue-in-cheek stage musical of the same title which premiered in 2008. At one of the final shows, at The 45th Street Theater in New York City, ninety-six-year-old Glen Boles (a star of the original film) made a personal appearance. See more »

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Featured in Sex and Buttered Popcorn (1989) See more »

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Campus Crawl
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Sung by Jimmy Tolson and danced by Eleanor Thatcher
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Not an exploitation film
20 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The usual definition for this is a film that takes a sensationalistic issue and uses it to gain notoriety and attention, by being scandalous or presenting something not normally seen in conventional films.

This is more a sincere morality tale. The co-director, Dorothy Davenport (credited as Mrs. Wallace Reid) was the widow of an actor who died of drug addiction, and then set out expose the dangers of vice.

That distinction is pretty crucial in understanding why it was made and what its context is.

That said, had this not been made right before the Hays office came in and cracked down, it could not have been made. It covers all sorts of issues that soon after would not have been allowed, irrespective of how much they were condemned.


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