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One Way Ticket to Hell (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 7 December 1955 (USA)
Cassandra falls in with the wrong crowd in high school. Her home life is not great, and she turns to a group of delinquent bikers to help escape. Before long she's doing drugs and failing ... See full summary »

Director:

Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. (as Bamlet L. Price Jr.)

Writer:

Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. (as B. Lawrence Price Jr.)
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Marks Barbara Marks ... Cassandra Leigh
Kurt Martell Kurt Martell ... Lt. David Jason (voice)
Robert A. Sherry Robert A. Sherry ... Lt. David Jason
Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. ... Miguel 'Cholo' Martinez (as Bamlet L. Price Jr.)
Lucille Price Lucille Price ... Cassandra's Mother
Bamlet Lawrence Price Sr. Bamlet Lawrence Price Sr. ... Cassandra's Current Step-Father
William Kendell William Kendell ... Russell Packard
Robert Norman Robert Norman ... Johnny Adams
Elaine Lindenbaum Elaine Lindenbaum ... Margo Rossi
Joel Climenhaga Joel Climenhaga ... Sven Bergman
Joe Popavich Joe Popavich ... Al Stutzman
Anthony Gorsline Anthony Gorsline ... Jimmy Sanchez
Victor Schwartz Victor Schwartz ... Sgt. Schwartz
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Cassandra falls in with the wrong crowd in high school. Her home life is not great, and she turns to a group of delinquent bikers to help escape. Before long she's doing drugs and failing her classes until she has no chance of getting in to college. She marries her clueless high school sweetheart Johnny, but soon grows desperate for more drugs and falls into her old habits. The police try to help her out of her dilemma and take action against the increasing drug traffic, but have only mixed results in both pursuits. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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One Touch of the Needle -- A Lifetime of Torture! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The drug bust scene, where the police order all of the teenage kids out of the apartment, was the Westwood (CA) home of the film's writer / producer / director, Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr., and his wife, MGM contract actress Anne Francis. See more »

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Edited into Dope Mania (1987) See more »

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Really Awful Movie
8 January 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

One Way Ticket to Hell (1955)

BOMB (out of 4)

Cassandra (Barbara Marks) was once a sweet, innocent little girl but sadly she was raised by a mother who jumped from man to man. Eventually Cassandra starts dating a biker, which leads her to trying marijuana for the first time. Pretty soon she's a strung out heroin addict but can anyone save her life?

According to the IMDB, the director Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. shot this for $14,000 while attending UCLA. This was his Master's thesis film and I should mention a student film. With that said, I love the "drug" genre that this film is trying to be a part of. With that said, movies like REEFER MADNESS and others were awful films that were thankfully so bad that you could laugh at them.

Sadly, ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL isn't so bad it's good. Instead it's just downright awful on every level and even though I understand the conditions that it was made, it's still impossible to find anything nice to say about the picture. Like a lot of movies from this period, it's told via narration ike you'd see during an episode of Dragnet. The problem is that there's nothing interesting beign said to us and even worse is the actual lead character.

I'm not sure what the director was going for but she's such an unlikeable character that you just don't care whether she lives or dies. You don't care about the people around here and there's just nothing here to connect with. The entire film comes in at just 58-minutes and it honestly felt ten times that. The film was really hard to make it through as you're smacked in the face with one bad scene after another.


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English

Release Date:

7 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Teenage Devil Dolls See more »

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