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The Devil's Sleep (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  18 May 1949 (USA)
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The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.

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Tony Donardi
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Ruby McKenzie
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Tesse T. Tesse
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The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.

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Today's Moral MENACE !.. Daring expose of the devil drug traffic in 'Bennies', 'Goofies' and 'Phenos' as it really exists.

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Written by John J. Potpinko
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A Septic Tank Of Greatness
7 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles CA) – See all my reviews

The print of "The Devil's Sleep" available through Sinister Cinema is probably the the best in existence and it burps, skips, and tears all the way trough. No matter, "The Devil's Sleep" the first film in producer George Weiss's Umberto Scalli" trilogy, in an invincible classic, a virtuoso guttersnipe flemball of a film, and the most filthy minded vision ever committed to the screen.

Timothy Farrell's Umberto Scalli, the dark, pencil mustached keeper of the keys that stick together; makes his maiden voyage here, working as a pill pushing honcho of a hole in the wall fat farm for "society dames". In an entrance befitting one of the greats, Scalli looks over his clients and smirks to a typically unsavory side kick; "I gotta laugh, they're like trained elephants, give them a pill and send them on their way."

In what plays out like the A.C.L.U.'s ultimate nightmare, a crusading Lady Judge is working hand in hand with the cops to fight juvenile crime. Her problem is that Scalli; through an insanely elaborate practical joke, has a photo of the judge's daughter...NUDE. Alas, morality rears it's ugly head when the "Mr. America" Scalli hired to amuse the elephants turns goodie two shoes. I won't give away the ending, but suffice to say in the final scene a character we don't know ties things up from a camera angle too far away to see what he looks like. It's that kind of movie.

Some mere trivia: Weiss seemed to have a soft spot for Silent Movie people: the ex wives of Chaplin and Loyd both are given prominent parts, in the latter's case a horribly degrading one. Also, Jim (Robert's brother) Mitchum makes an early appearance. The only conventionally competent performances are by young unknows playing mixed up kids. "Racket Girl" fans beware: Scalli does no pimping in this film.

But again, no matter. What counts is that, not so very long ago, there were people who looked like the people in "The Devil's Sleep", and others who behaved something like the characters. Somehow individuals got together and made "The Devil's Sleep", and it played in small, dingy, urine smelling theaters in horrible neighborhoods, and some people watched it. Truly this was The Greatest Generation. Ten out of ten.


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