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The Flaming Teenage (1956)

A small town boy heads for the lights of the big city and discovers the delights of hard liquor and fast women. Ere long, he becomes an addict, a dope peddler and a shop-lifter to obtain ... See full summary »
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Noel Reyburn ...
Fred Garland
Ethel Barrett
Jerry Franks
Shirley Holmes
Jan Davis
Jo Warner
Vivian Moore
Peggy Pate
Bill Fanning
Joan Lutkin
Don Graham
Ed Segal
George Russell
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A small town boy heads for the lights of the big city and discovers the delights of hard liquor and fast women. Ere long, he becomes an addict, a dope peddler and a shop-lifter to obtain money for drugs. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Originally filmed in 1945 as "Twice Convicted", new footage was added in 1956 and it was released under "The Flaming Teen-Age". See more »

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Oddly watchable slice of conservative moralizing
19 February 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Flaming Teen-Age" is a standard slice of conservative moralizing, a scare film about the evils of the world backed by the church. It details a young man who forsakes his family for the big city, quits his job at a candy store, moves to the city to find his dreams, becomes an alcoholic, quits, produces a Broadway revue, becomes an alcoholic again, joins a booking agency, nearly dies from alcohol poisoning, gets arrested for dope peddling, gets out on bail, and becomes a junkie himself. All this is because he drank a bit of alcohol at a party he once attended with his girlfriend. Whew! Thats a lot of melodrama to pack into an one hour running time.

On the technical side, this is about as drab as one can expect. Its directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., who went onto creating the cult favorite "The Blob", and he appears to be unenthusiastic about the material. Still, this film is watchable and never boring. The main character is such a sap who constantly has the worst possible outcome happen to him, that this descends into high camp at moments. The film would've been much more effective without the moralizing and an upping of the sleaze factor. Still, unlike many other exploitation filmmakers, the producers of this seemed to be genuine in their anti-drug warning (despite being incredibly misinformed). "The Flaming Teen-Age" is oddly watchable. (5/10)


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