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Perversion for Profit (1965)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short
This anti-porn short film shows a flood tide of filth engulfing the country in the form of newsstand obscenity.
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George Putnam narrates standing in front of a map of the U.S., using large title cards to establish each topic. He argues that moral decay is spreading in this country: pornography, smut peddlers, salacious magazines and paperback books, fetishists, corrupters of children, nudists, and homosexuals. The motive, profit - it's a $2 billion per year industry. He shows us a courtroom where a judge instructs a jury to uphold community standards: Putnam argues that the Constitution and U.S. law are on the side of decency. At the film's end, he answers the question "What can an individual do?" with six suggestions, including promoting good reading to children. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A very racy film when it was released; showing nearly nude photos of women and men in compromising positions! See more »

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George Putnam: These publishers know well that once so exposed, the insatiable curiosity of youth will cause him to delve deeper and deeper into this grotesque material, until his utter depravity is complete.
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A classic exploitation film...
4 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

I've seen a number of reviews here by people who seem to think that this film is some kind of documentary. It's nothing of the kind. This is nothing more than a good old-fashioned exploitation film.

This film had no more intention of "saving souls from smut" than "Reefer Madness" had of dissuading people from smoking pot. The whole point of the exercise is to circumvent the legal and moral restrictions of the day and to make a fast buck while doing it.

These films all follow the same pattern:

1. "XYZ is evil/immoral/deadly"

2. "Here are some examples of XYZ so you'll know it when you see it."

3. "Fight XYZ!"

As the Master of Exploitation, Dave Friedman, points out in his autobiography, "A Youth in Babylon," the idea was to get the rubes to part with a few bucks to see something they could never see at the local Bijou.

Disguise it as "hygiene" or wrap it in patriotism or religion and the cops won't bother you.

Some other classic examples of the genre are "Mom and Dad," "Sex Madness", "Exposing the Nudist Racket". I believe all of these are available online.


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