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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian McGill ...
Rose Tapley ...
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
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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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If two virgins have sex together, even while unmarried, they are not at risk for catching a venereal disease. See more »

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Prints shown on television, and marketed on VHS and DVD carry a copyright date of MCMXXXIV (1934), which is incorrect. It should be MCMXXXVIII (1938). See more »

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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Sex Crazy Talk with a Purpose
6 February 2008 | by (Denver, CO, US) – See all my reviews

Another cautionary propaganda film. This one is not good so much as hilariously and purposefully bad.

Films like Sex Madness are early-middle 20th Century examples of Abstinence-Only sex education. In other words, the message really is, "Don't have sex because scary things can happen. Yes, those urges are natural, but only a person with low self-esteem would want to engage in intercourse before marriage. And, anyway, you might catch a deadly disease to boot."

Though these films typically portray the problem for both men and women, the message is really about women and their bodies as baby-delivery devices. I love the assumption abstinence-only supporters make: that when you're married, you won't catch STDs. OKEY DOKEY.

Sex Madness is worth watching especially if you are coming to terms with why the white-American-middle-class vision of the world has always lacked any real intelligence. Its mission has always been white people pro-creating. The film's message need not be smartly portrayed; rather, it should be portrayed repeatedly and simply for mass consumption.

I do get a kick out of the comments left for these films by IMDBers who take these genre films seriously and are shocked after watching them. Of course they are wrong. They are tools of oppression.

Finally, it's worth the purchase of the DVD for the two US Navy hygiene films that come as bonus features on an Alpha Films copy. Cocaine Fiends is my favorite of the bunch.


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