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15 November 1963 (Mexico) See more »
A Daring Expose of America's Fastest Growing Racket - ILLEGAL ABORTION! See more »
Sweet young lass Patty Smith moves from her native Kansas to Los Angeles, California. Everything is... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Merry Anders ... Mary
J. Edward McKinley ... Dr. Miller
Dani Lynn ... Patty

Joe Conley ... Johnny

David McMahon ... Father O'Brien
Mary Patton ... Myra
Bruno VeSota ... Colbert
Carleton Crane ... Allan (as Carlton Crane)
Frank Biro ... Narrator (as Barney Biro)
Adrienne Hayes ... Jean
Robert Rudelson ... Top (as Bob Rudelson)
Sean Brian ... Reep
Mary Benoit ... Dr. Miller's nurse
Ralph Neff ... Doctor
Jack Haddock ... Lt. Powell
Sherwood Keith ... Dr. Fridden
Leif Lindstrom ... Dr. Neilson
Phil Clarke ... Pawnbroker
Speer Martin ... Sidy
Sally Hughes ... Dr. Fridden's nurse
Sid Kane ... Crawford
Harrison Lewis ... Bartender

Directed by
Leo A. Handel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo A. Handel 

Produced by
Leo A. Handel .... producer
Ib Melchior .... associate producer
Ingram P. Walters .... production executive
Original Music by
Ingram P. Walters 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz 
Film Editing by
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Theobold Holsopple  (as Ted Holsopple)
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr.  (as Ray Boltz)
Makeup Department
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (as Sid Perell)
Jean Udko .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... first assistant director (as Nate Barragar)
Art Department
Tom Coleman .... property master
Sound Department
Denzil L. Daniels .... sound mixer (as Denzil Daniels)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Wolfe .... wardrobe
Music Department
Ingram P. Walters .... conductor
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Shame of Patty Smith" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"Doctor Please Help Me" - USA (alternative title)
"Gang Rape" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Hard Hitting Drama About Abortion, 19 August 2007
Author: mack-29 from Texas, USA

Tho this DVD is marketed as a cheap exploitation film, Shame of Patty Smith is no such movie. If you are looking for some laughs, ala Ed Wood, you won't find them here.

This is a very well made drama concerning the problem of illegal abortions in this country in the early 60s. Patty is a young woman who is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs and must struggle with the problem of getting an abortion at a time when it was illegal.

She can't afford to go to a professional and so ends up in the hands of a back alley abortionist who is not qualified for the job.

Generally this film takes the position that abortions, in certain situations, should be made legal to prevent women from being forced to go to fly by night abortionists. But the message is low key, for the most part, and is not preachy. There is an element of religion in the film, but once again, it is not heavy handed. It's a very serious drama about a young woman who needs help, but the laws of the time give her little or no choice but to put her life in the hands of a quack.

It is a very well made film with excellent acting and photography.

There are no laughs to be found in this film.

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