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Slaves in Bondage (1937)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  25 July 1937 (USA)
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Mary Lou manages to escape abduction by a prostitution ring. She tells the Chief of Detectives they were planning to take her to the Berrywood road house, a well-known den of iniquity. Jim ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lona Andre ...
Dona Lee
Donald Reed ...
Phillip Miller
Wheeler Oakman ...
Jim Murray
Florence Dudley ...
Belle Harris
John Merton ...
Nick Costello
Richard Cramer ...
Dutch Hendricks
William Royle ...
Newspaper City Editor (as William Royale)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Detective Captain (as Edward Piele Sr.)
Louise Small ...
Mary Lou Smith
Matty Roubert ...
Good-Looking Freddie


Mary Lou manages to escape abduction by a prostitution ring. She tells the Chief of Detectives they were planning to take her to the Berrywood road house, a well-known den of iniquity. Jim Murray and beautician Belle Harris are using her beauty shop to recruit floozies for their road house circuit. Dona Lee, who works at the beauty salon, is falling in love with young reporter wanna-be Phillip, but Murray gets jealous and makes life rough for him. Meanwhile Dona begins to figure out the racket, but becomes threatened by Murray's unwanted advances. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Crusade Against Rackets  »

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - 20 January 1939: Investigation of Slaves in Bondage (1937), showing at the Rialoto Theatre here has been ordered by City Manager W. A. Quinn after many complaints were launched against the film advertised as exposing the "private life of a party girl". Investigation is ordered to include the picture itself and the street advertising. See more »


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18 December 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Explotive movie about the white slave or prostitution business back in the 1930's that was very graphic and reveling for it's time. This mob boss and his assistant Jim Murray and Good-Looking Freddie, Wheeler Oakman & Matty Roubert, who were out looking for new girls to work for Murray's bordello the Barrywood Road-House try to kidnap Mary Lou, Louise Small. Which turns out to be the downfall for the two thugs and their entire sleazy operation.

Getting away from the two Mary Lou's ordeal has the city and the local newspaper up in arms to put an end to Murray's squalid and unsavory racket that was a stain on all the good and law abiding people in town.

Raiding the Barrywood Road House the local newspaper get police mug shots of all the gangsters that were arrested there. Including Good-Looking Freddie who Mary Lou identifies and one of her kidnappers.

With Good-Looking Freddie jumping bail and then threatening both Murray and his madam at the Barrywood Road House Belle Harris, Florence Dudley, with exposer to the police Murray Punch him out cold and then has him shot and dumped out on the street.

We have a side plot in the movie with Mary Lou's sister Dona Lee, Lona Andre, and her fiancé out of work reporter Phil Miller, Donald Reed,needing money to get married so Dona Lee gets a job as a manicurist at a parlor run by Murray and Harris. Like with Mary Lou Murray gets very infatuated with her sister Dona Lee and in order to break up Dona Lee and her boyfriend Phil he has his boys plant marked money on him at a local bookie joint. Then tips off the police about Phil passing it, the hot money, off.

The cops secretly knowing that Phil was set up have him arrested to put Murray off guard as well as make him feel that he can have his way with Phil's girlfriend Dona Lee. But it's that very act that put Murray's and Harris out of the prostitution business and behind bars for a long time.

Standred flick about the dark side of the entertainment business and how young girls and women who are desperate for a job and money to survive are exploited and driven into the business of sex for profit. With almost all the profits going to sleaze-balls like Marray and Harris and not the young women who do all their dirty work.

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