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Damaged Lives (1933)

An extramarital affair leads to a young couple contracting venereal disease.

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Diane Sinclair ...
Joan Bradley
Lyman Williams ...
Donald Bradley Jr.
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Nat Franklin
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Laura Hall
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Dr. Bill Hall (as Jason Robards)
Charlotte Merriam ...
Elise Cooper
Murray Kinnell ...
Dr. Vincent Leonard
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An extramarital affair leads to a young couple contracting venereal disease.

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A DRAMATIC EDUCATION IN THE THINGS THAT ALL SHOULD KNOW ! (original 11x14 title card) See more »

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13 June 1937 (USA)  »

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$10,000 (estimated)

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$1,800,000 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Although the film's credits say it was produced and released by Weldon Pictures, it was actually filmed and distributed by Columbia. Weldon Pictures was a dummy company set up by Columbia, which didn't want to be associated with the film's topic, syphilis. Producer Nat Cohn was the brother of Columbia's head, Harry Cohn. See more »

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2 November 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a typical early 1930s film warning about the dangers of unprotected sex and the diseases one can contract. The film was directed by Dwain Esper, who made several films in this drama. The film involves a young executive, with an important job and a long term girlfriend. His boss insists that he go out with him to a party and while out at the party he sleeps with a young wealthy woman, and contracts syphilis from her. The girl is so upset that she commits suicide. He is convinced to go to a doctor (played by Jason Robards, father of Jason Robards Jr) who displays poor people suffering from various infectious diseases. The young executive (who out of guilt has married his girlfriend, is upset when he finds out that his wife has syphilis too and that their baby might be infected. The wife, in a state of depression tries to kill herself, and her husband by opening the gas jets on the stove. There is a happy ending though.

The film is entertaining, and not quite as glum as it sounds. Played out in beautiful art deco sets, and with above par acting for this type of film, this public domain film, available in VHS and DVD is worth seeing if only for its risqué subject matter.


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