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The Devil's Sleep (1949)

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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Judge Rosalind Ballentine (as Lita Grey Chaplin)
Will Charles ...
Inspector Darnell
William Thomason ...
Detective Sergeant Dave Kerrigan
Timothy Farrell ...
Fred Smith ...
Tony Donardi
Muriel Gardner ...
Ruby McKenzie
Laura Travers ...
Jerri Wilson
Jim Tyde ...
Bob Winter
Stan Freed ...
Hal Holmes
Tracy Lynne ...
Margie Ballantine
Bob Lenihan ...
Frankie Clinton
Pat Lawless ...
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Stan Modic ...
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Mildred Davis ...
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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18 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Getting Wet
4 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"There is a terrible scourge running through the community in the form of pills be pushed to the youth through a local women's health club. A female judge, with the aid of a police detective, looks to crusade against this problem in the community and eliminate it. Unfortunately, the drug ring has some compromising photos of the judge's daughter they hope to use as an advantage against her," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. For producer George Weiss, Timothy Farrell's sleazy "Umberto Scalli" makes his debut.

This isn't a movie as much as it is a chance to for the producer to show off as many muscles and midriffs as he could manage to get away with. Bikinis and briefs abound. "Mr. America of 1948" George Eiferman appears as a women's exercise instructor. And, put your "headlights" on "high beam" for the skin scene highlight, when a towel-clad woman shows everything she can, before stepping into a steam bath. The movie ends with one of those preachy "messages", so you won't feel too bad about enjoying the flesh.

Top-billed Lita Grey (as "Judge" Rosalind Ballentine), one of Charlie Chaplin's wives, contributes little; her best line is, "Somehow all of this has a familiar smell." Harold Lloyd's wife, Mildred Davis (as Tessie Tallulah Tesse) makes an arguably embarrassing "talking pictures" debut; her best line, considering her 51-47-64 measurements, is "Ain't two Tessies enough?" But, hey, whoever hired Stan Freed (as Hal Holmes) to play a hopped-up Benzedrine dealer had a sense of humor, since he went to town as "Hoppity" (1941).

*** The Devil's Sleep (5/18/49) W. Merle Connell ~ Timothy Farrell, Hal Holmes, Lita Grey Chaplin


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