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Sex Madness (1938)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 1938 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Dwain Esper
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Cast

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

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Wreckage See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Cinema Service Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

If two virgins have sex together, even while unmarried, they are not at risk for catching a venereal disease. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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Beds are for action! Not for relaxation!
1 November 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Sure there are camp moments in Sex Madness, a film which somehow tries to gain the notoriety that 'Reefer Madness' has but fails despite having tons of elements that should point in it's favor.

In the beginning it starts off strongly, with all sorts of people going to a burlesque show (and jamming the auditorium up!). This show is probably the highlight of the movie, plenty of silly dancing, no nudity, and clunky choreography. I liked the personalities that showed up for this. A group of randy boys looking to party, a lesbian couple who can't stop pawing each other, and a man who gets all worked up he rapes the first girl he sees. Funny, but ALL of these plot lines get dropped for Millicent (!!), a dancer in the chorus, who finds out she has VD from her doctor. After taking a tour which she's all chipper about seeing icky cases of VD, she goes into treatment, carefully hiding it away from her fiancée. After going home and seeing another doctor who gives her a quack cure, she marries and.. well… you can guess the rest. Rest assured that as foul as it sounds, it drags somewhat, and is nowhere as memorable as 'Reefer', (admittedly, I thought It was going to be of the same looniness). It's okay for some laughs, but doesn't hold up.


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