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The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet services aimed at women in troubled circumstances. Such clinics - whose sole motive is profit at all cost without regard to the wants of the women or their health, but who generally operate just within the boundaries of the law - prey on the fear women face about social condemnation. One such clinic which charged exorbitant rates in return for discretion was operated by Drs. Mansby and Bates. Mary, Bunny and Jane were three women who shared a room at the clinic, who were all in circumstances where they wanted their pregnancy to be a secret from all they knew, and who were at various stages of pregnancy. Jane, who was in the earliest stage of pregnancy of the three, witnessed what Mary and Bunny before her went through. Mary's eventual situation, which was unknown to Jane, was that her baby was ... Written by
MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts are all good. Some are superb. This is one of the very best.
It's directed by Joseph H. Newman, who went on to become one of the most prolific and consistent directors of film noir. Unlike most of the entries, it has a star: Marsha Hunt.
She was a fine actress. Here she is excellent.
She is pregnant and we see her looking in the newspaper for a place for unwed mothers. We see a classified ad being circled. Without giving too much away, the doctors are shady. And the other patients are touching.
Maybe it's just me but I had the sense that one of the girls might have been a victim of incest. The whole thing is very racy for 1940. And it's not at all dated.
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