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Test Tube Babies (1948)

A happily married couple has been trying to have a baby with no luck. They discover that the husband is sterile. Their family doctor suggests that they think about artificial insemination, ... See full summary »

Director:

W. Merle Connell

Writer:

Richard S. McMahan (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Duke Dorothy Duke ... Cathy (as Dorothy Dube)
William Thomason William Thomason ... George
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Dr. Wright
John Michael John Michael ... Frank
Margaret Roach ... Mother (as Peggy Roach)
Stacey Alexander Stacey Alexander ... Don
Georgie Barton Georgie Barton ... Betty
Mary Lou Reckow Mary Lou Reckow ... Dolores
Bebe Berto Bebe Berto ... Jerry
Guy Gordon Guy Gordon ... Phil
Helen Cogan Helen Cogan ... Grace (as Helene Cogan)
Gine Franklin Gine Franklin ... Ralph
Zona Siggins Zona Siggins ... Nurse
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A happily married couple has been trying to have a baby with no luck. They discover that the husband is sterile. Their family doctor suggests that they think about artificial insemination, which at the time was considered a scandalous choice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HE LOVED HIS WIFE BUT COULDN'T GIVE HER THE ONE THING SHE DESIRED MOST! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Blessed Are They See more »

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Screen Classics (II) See more »
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(recut) | (DVD) | (Something Weird Video) | (Something Weird Video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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They sure don't make them like this any more (unfortunately)
20 September 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This very entertaining melodrama is one of those old exploitation flicks that pretended that it was a message movie to get itself passed the censor. Any film that addressed issues of sex in the 1940's was deemed very racy. This movie is basically an excuse to show scenes of very brief nudity, women cat-fighting and a drunken swinger's party; it tags on material that promotes the then new science of artificial insemination. What makes it so enjoyable is the combination of the appalling acting, the over-ripe melodrama and the completely unsubtle message combined with ludicrous wicked behaviour.

The film features the legendary non-actor Timothy Farrell as the chain-smoking doctor who at one point asks the husband of the woman in labour if he could pop out and buy him some cigarettes! At another time he is part of a quite uproariously funny misunderstanding between doctor and patient, when after informing the unlucky couple that they cannot have children because the husband is sterile, he tells them there is something he can do, to which hilariously, and completely without irony, the wife seems to think that he means he is willing to bang her! So very, very funny. The wife is played by an actress called Dorothy Duke, and unsurprisingly I have never seen her in any other production, as her acting is quite exceptionally atrocious. However, I enjoyed her earnest performance enormously. But in fairness, every actor and actress in this movie cannot act.

I have to admit that I lapped up this old exploitation flick very much indeed. The melodrama is so ridiculous and the swinger's party is very funny – wait for the cat-fight. And it's rounded off with the ludicrous scenes in the clinic. By all conventional standards I guess this is a bad film but by entertainment standards this is a very enjoyable one. I certainly recommend it. Oh and the title is utterly meaningless.


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