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The Road to Ruin (1934)

 -  Drama  -  15 May 1934 (USA)
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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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Cast overview:
Helen Foster ...
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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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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Campus Crawl
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Sung by Jimmy Tolson and danced by Eleanor Thatcher
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A Swell Bunch
26 April 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Although she was past being a teenager when the original silent version of "The Road to Ruin" (1928) was made, beautiful Helen Foster (as Ann Dixon) is still an innocent young thing. After hanging out with bad girl Nell O'Day (as Eve Monroe), Ms. Foster begins to smoke, drink, and have sex - nothing too unusual, when you consider the characters routinely being played by the likes of Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. But, things are worse for Foster; she hasn't an abortionist worth his salt...

Filmmaker Dorothy Davenport, aka the widow of Wallace Reid, might have considered casting the beloved couple's real life son Wally Jr. in the film. It might have been exploitive, but that, obviously, was too late a consideration. Despite the material, Glen Boles (as Tommy), Bobby Quirk (as Ed), and their gals are a swell bunch to follow… before degradation takes its toll.

**** The Road to Ruin (3/21/34) Dorothy Davenport ~ Helen Foster, Glen Boles, Nell O'Day


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