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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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Cast overview:
Ann Dixon
Eve Monroe
Robert Quirk ...
Ed (as Bobby Quirk)
Paul Page ...
Ralph Bennett
Richard Hemingway ...
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Dixon
Donald Kerr ...
Drunk shooting Dice
Eleanor Thatcher ...
Neal Pratt ...
Jimmy Tolson ...
Club Singer Jimmy


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!







Release Date:

15 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vias da Ruína  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »


Campus Crawl
Sung by Jimmy Tolson and danced by Eleanor Thatcher
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Card-carrying sex delinquents!
24 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a mid-1930s exploitation movie designed to "warn" good Christian girls and boys about the dangers of drinking, dancing, and premarital sex. For the 1930s these were indeed scandalous topics which today seem mundane. Ann, our central character, is corrupted by her fun-loving friend Eve. Eve introduces Ann to the evils of romance novels, smoking, dancing with boys and sneaking snorts of Daddy's brandy. Ann and Eve progress to dating men who are old enough to be their fathers. Finally the girls are caught at a drunken pool party where they are arrested and taken to the police station. While there, they are examined by a doctor (presumably for STDs) and given small cards identifying them by name as "sex delinquents"! Things go from bad to worse for poor Ann...

Wow a card identifying the girls as "sex delinquents" merely for attending a drunken pool party! Ann in particular wasn't even drunk and was still fully clothed at the party - no matter, the cops bust her too as a sex delinquent. I wish I had a card identifying ME as a "sex delinquent"... what a conversation piece that would be!

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