Sally and Bob have been married a year. She might be pregnant, so Dr. West picks up a test sample and tells them to come by in a week for the result. They recall problems they had just ...
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Sally and Bob have been married a year. She might be pregnant, so Dr. West picks up a test sample and tells them to come by in a week for the result. They recall problems they had just before marriage when they found out about each other's past (V.D. and pregnancy). Dr. West had helped them with good counsel and two films ("The Story of V.D." and "The Story of Reproduction"). A week later at his office he has good news and shows them another film, "The Story of Life." Dr. West wants them to know about modern medical science and to teach their kids the facts of life. The movie ends with a commercial for a new five-book-in-one, "The Mid-Century Marriage Guide." Written by
Wow...this is amazingly explicit. yet also highly educational.
This film is a sex ed film that was meant to both inform and titillate audiences. However, unlike many exploitation films, this one is a lot more explicit and actually provides worthwhile information about sexually transmitted diseases. While it's very, very explicit (with a lot of nudity for the 1948s--heck, even by today's standards it's pretty explicit with its many pictures of genitalia), the film is shocking because it shows, with no holes barred, the effects of syphilis and gonorrhea--but ignores other STDs. While I have seen such films before (since I used to teach sex ed), I must admit that these are among the nastiest and scariest film clips I have ever seen! Yet, the film shows real lesions and advanced stage infestations--so it is reasonably accurate despite being so scary and tough to watch.
The narrator talks in a rather monotone and 'square' voice, but his information is essentially correct and not really exploitational. As for the accompanying story that accompanies the sex ed film, it's interesting because the nice doctor in the film also played the same sort of nice doctor in another exploitation film, "Street Corner". This isn't a bad thing, as he (Joseph Crehan) actually was a good actor with over 250 credits to his name! This is unusual for such films, as usually you see only actors who aren't really actors--just folks who are hooked into acting by scum-bag film makers. It's obvious that the film maker for "Because of Eve" was actually pretty accomplished! And, considering the film deals with STDs, abortion, sex, attempted suicide, childbirth and premarital sex in a frank way, it's quite ahead of its time.
Unlike most sex ed/exploitation films of the day, this one is rare in that it still packs information of value and has a lot of impact--not the usual unintended laughs because the film is so poorly made. This doesn't mean that there aren't some cheesy moments but that they just aren't as many and don't detract from the overall message--which isn't to blame people with STDs or have had premarital sex, but to inform.
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