Warning of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, specifically syphilis.


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Cast overview:
Douglas Walton ...
Henrietta Allen Dupont
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Dr. Edward B. Walker
Mrs. Dupont
Ferdinand Munier ...
Congressman Allen
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Margie (the carrier)
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Warning of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, specifically syphilis.

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Release Date:

22 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Are You Fit to Marry?  »

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During the late 1930s and into the '40s, this film was constantly revived on the roadshow circuit with a spicy ad campaign and a new title: "Forbidden Desires". Surviving publicity material shows plenty of lascivious appeal but mentions nothing about the film being about venereal disease. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening titles: "Foreword. This presentation of the Famous French Play 'DAMAGED GOODS' is the producer's sincere effort to co-operate in President Roosevelt's educational campaign to rid America of its greatest menace to health and happiness, a menace that has already taken toll of millions of lives and can only be curbed by bringing its discussion into the open and ceasing to consider it as an unmentionable. We refer to The Great Imitator - Syphilis". "The audience are asked to note that the figures relating to disease which are quoted in the course of this story relate to the United States and not Great Britain". See more »


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Interesting artifact from the 1930s
14 September 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This movie must be really obscure if nobody has commented on it since the IMDb was first put online! Anyway, on to the movie itself. It concerns the danger of syphilis, which must have seemed like hot stuff for audiences in the 1930s, but the movie is extremely tame today. The only risqué material is a microscopic look at the syphilis bacteria, as well as the mention of the words "syphilis" and "prostitute". The movie definitely has some camp appeal in today's eyes, which may not have you laughing out loud but will have you giggling on a fairly regular basis. But while the movie has camp, it is surprisingly better made than most other "naughty" independent films of the production code era. It is swiftly paced (before the 10 minute mark, the hero has been infected with syphilis!), the direction shows some professionalism (though the editing is crude at times), and there is better acting than you usually get with films of this nature. Also interesting is that if the claims of the movie are to be believed, there was a lot more pre-marital sex going on in the United States in this era than you may have been lead to believe. The movie does end kind of weakly (it is never revealed how the wife of the central character is able to forgive her husband), but before then it is a pretty entertaining artifact, entertaining on more than one level.

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