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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian McGill ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Al Rigali ...
Mr. Hamilton
Mark Daniels ...
Wendel Hope (as Stanley Barton)
Linda Lee Hill ...
Sheila Wayne
Ruth Edell ...
Mrs. Fay
Charles Olcott ...
Paul Lorenz
Ed Redding ...
Dr. Hampton
Pat Lawrence ...
Tom Lorenz
Allen Tower ...
Dr. Harris (as Allan Tower)
Richard Bengali ...
Mr. Maynard
William Blake ...
Dr. Grenoble
Frank Howsen ...
Dr. Bayard
Allan Lee ...
Mr. Winthrop
Jean Temple ...
Mrs. Winthrop


Philanthropist Paul Lorenz is one of the more public faces in the fight against behavior that spreads the many "social diseases", such as syphilis and gonorrhea. An example of such behavior is going to or performing in burlesque shows, which promotes casual sex. Indeed, many in the audience at one burlesque show in New York have only sex on their mind, including young unmarried couple James and Jane, office colleagues Peggy and Betty (Peggy who is trying to seduce Betty), and Paul Lorenz's son himself, Tom Lorenz, who is looking forward to an after show group sex party, which will include some of the girls from the show, such as Sheila Wayne, who has syphilis but treats it as casually as her sex. One of the show girls who won't be attending the party is Millicent Hamilton. From a small town, good girl Millicent's pre-engagement to her boyfriend Wendel Hope was interrupted when she won a beauty contest with a trip to New York. She found life in New York more difficult than she expected... Written by Huggo

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28 April 1938 (USA)  »

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When Millicent is talking to her landlady, the window in the background falls shut. This distracts the actress, who nearly flubs her line. See more »

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In versions titled "They Must Be Told" all the opening credits, even the title, are preceded by the following explanation: "FOREWORD: Down through the ages has rushed a menace more dangerous than the worst criminal. Syphilis. Let us seize this monster and stamp out forever its horrible influence. Syphilis must no longer play its deadly part in our lives preventing marriages ... breaking up families ... and resulting in innocent offspring born blind, diseased and maimed ... doomed to a life of misery. The subject of syphilis must no longer remain hushed, but must be fought in the open like any other dangerous contagious disease ... humanity must be enlightened! Ignorance must be abolished! Young and old ... rich and poor ... " See more »


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Hokey 30's scare tactic movie
31 August 1999 | by (Outside of Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is another one of those scare tactic movies from the 30's that's more hokey than fact. I laughed throughout the whole movie watching the antics of "normal" people in the 30's. It's supposed to teach you about the dangers of syphillis, but is more entertaining than informative.

This movie ranks up there with "Reefer Madness" and "Cocaine Fiends"......entertaining and nothing more.

I highly recommend it to anyone that wants a night of belly laughs.

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