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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
John Mitchum ...
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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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Até o Diabo Dorme  »

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It's Raining
Written by John J. Potpinko
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Starring the king of schock films, Timothy Farrell.
19 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Timothy Farrell is not a household name. However, among bad movie buffs he's a god--or at least should be one. While not a terrible actor, he managed to star in a huge string of absolutely awful films--such as "Glen or Glenda?", "Jail Bait", "Dance Hall Racket", "Racket Girls", "Gun Girls" and "Test Tube Babies"--as well as this film, "The Devil's Sleep". All of these movies managed to achieve an amazing degree of crappiness as well as sleaziness that you just have to see to believe. As for me, if I know Farrell is in a movie, I'm sure to see it! This film is about a campaign to clean up the streets by stopping low-lifes who target teens for the drug trade. The idea is to get the kids hooked and then to use them to commit crimes to make the big boss, Umberto Scalli (Farrell) rich. However, getting the goods on this jerk won't be easy, as he has an aura of respectability about him and runs a local health spa. So, it's up to the police and some teens to infiltrate the place and see what's cooking.

Many times during the film, ladies take their clothes off--showing quite a bit more than a Hollywood production of the time and titillating the audience. It's amazing how much they show you without really revealing that much! This is pretty much the norm for exploitation films--and this is clearly one of them. However, it's a bit better than most--with mostly decent acting, competent direction and some weird stars. Apart from Farrell, you'll see Lita Grey (one of Charlie Chaplin's ex-wives and George Eiferman (Mr. America, 1948). Neither of these two had any obvious acting ability and were probably chosen for name recognition and so that the producers could exploit the heck out of their being in the film. Overall, quite enjoyable sleaze.


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