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One Way Ticket to Hell (1955)

Cassandra falls in with the wrong crowd in high school. Her home life is not great, and she turns to a group of delinquent bikers to help escape. Before long she's doing drugs and failing ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Marks ...
Cassandra Leigh
Kurt Martell ...
Lt. David Jason (voice)
Robert A. Sherry ...
Lt. David Jason
Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. ...
Miguel 'Cholo' Martinez (as Bamlet L. Price Jr.)
Lucille Price ...
Cassandra's Mother
Bamlet Lawrence Price Sr. ...
Cassandra's Current Step-Father
William Kendell ...
Russell Packard
Robert Norman ...
Johnny Adams
Elaine Lindenbaum ...
Margo Rossi
Joel Climenhaga ...
Sven Bergman
Joe Popavich ...
Al Stutzman
Anthony Gorsline ...
Jimmy Sanchez
Victor Schwartz ...
Sgt. Schwartz
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Cassandra falls in with the wrong crowd in high school. Her home life is not great, and she turns to a group of delinquent bikers to help escape. Before long she's doing drugs and failing her classes until she has no chance of getting in to college. She marries her clueless high school sweetheart Johnny, but soon grows desperate for more drugs and falls into her old habits. The police try to help her out of her dilemma and take action against the increasing drug traffic, but have only mixed results in both pursuits. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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One Touch of the Needle -- A Lifetime of Torture! See more »

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7 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Teenage Devil Dolls  »

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Produced on a budget of $14,000 in 1953. The film was the Master's thesis of film student Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. while attending UCLA's film school. See more »

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Edited into Dope Mania (1987) See more »

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It's bad...but consider the context.
21 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I think that making fun of this film or simply dismissing it is a big mistake. Sure, it doesn't seem like a very good film when you watch it. However, when you realize that the film maker made this for his masters thesis and only spent about $14,000 making it, it's actually a commendable film. After all, despite its cheesiness, the film is watchable and surprisingly good.

The biggest deficiency was surely due to the cheap equipment employed for the film. I assume 8 or 16mm cameras were used. And, the equipment did not include sound recording! So, the entire film is narrated in a Jack Webb-style and sound effects were later added. Actually, the quality and integration of the sound effects were pretty good. The biggest deficiency was the rather cheesy soundtrack--simple sax or flute music and the like.

The story is about a young lady whose life is a mess. The film begins after she's a heroin addict with a record and backtracks to the many steps she took leading to this horrible life. The story is supposedly told by a narcotics officer who talks about this criminal and his many contacts with her. It's all clearly meant to shock audiences and is one of the countless anti-drug educational films of the era--most of which were pretty poorly made.

On the plus side, most of the drug information in the film is good and the equipment and lifestyle are reasonably well represented. The low quality of the production and cheese-factor, though, will probably make many laugh at it today. Just remember, though, it originally was NOT intended as a feature film and was made by an inexperienced film maker and non-professional actors. So don't be too hard on it.


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