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Several servicemen relax by playing pool, but one of them goes off to spend time with a prostitute. Later, he discovers he has contracted a venereal disease. A graphic and frank presentation of the types and treatment of venereal disease follows. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In the cast are two actors who would later play DC Comics superheroes--George Reeves ("Superman") and Robert Lowery ("Batman"). See more »

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29 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sex Hygiene (1942)

*** (out of 4)

The rarest of all the WW2 shorts done by John Ford pretty much warns the soldiers that many women carry around various diseases and that they should be careful. We see what the exact diseases do and then we see how they are treated if possible. Syphilis and the clap are the two diseases that this film pays close attention to. If you're going to view this film then you better have a very strong stomach because the movie doesn't shy away from showing you what happens to your parts if you catch either of these diseases. The very graphic, up close photos in the film are enough to scare anyone from sex but I guess that's the whole purpose. There's really nothing here that tells you Ford directed this movie so I'm pretty sure he just had his name attached to it or did some sort of editing. The other Ford WW2 shorts at least seemed like he was behind them but that's not the case here. A strong director really wasn't needed since the material here really speaks for itself. The large portion of male nudity is probably why this film hasn't been as easy to locate as others in the series. While there's certainly nothing special here the film remains entertaining if you have the stomach for it. George Reeves, Robert Lowery and Charles Trowbridge all appear in the film playing soldiers.


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