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Year: 1950s - 1970s
Label: Something Weird Video
Whether you drop your pants or lift your skirt, the results are always the same: a few moments of dirty pleasure equal a lifetime of misery! So, quick, before temptation beckons, watch these Sex Hygiene Scare Films and learn the True Facts about nature’s messiest subject!
Prologue to Forbidden Desire (b&w) is a short which was added to the head of the 1937 VD roadshow feature Damaged Goods when it was re-released to theaters as Forbidden Desire in 1944. Meant to update the topic for wartime audiences, and with clips from such exploitation gems as Cocaine Fiends, Mad Youth, and Wages of Sin used as lurid illustration, Prologue features "the distinguished American actor" (and, not coincidentally, star of Damaged Goods) PEDRO DE CORDOBA who sits behind a desk and gravely warns America of the dangers of "commercial vice," hookers, beer halls, white slavery, juvenile delinquency and, most shocking of all, "wild jitterbug parties!"
Know for Sure (1944, b&w) is another warning against VD, this one produced by the "Research Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" for the U.S. Public Health Service, with a lot of well-known Hollywood faces: J CARROL NAISH has syphilis but doesn’t know it until his son is born dead; WARD BOND comes to Dr. SAMUEL S. HINDS to see if he has a cold sore or the clap; TIM HOLT catches a dose when he visits a whorehouse with the football team; and quack doc EDWIN MAXWELL drives a patient to suicide. There’s even a lecture from JOSEPH CREHAN, the fuddy-duddy doc of Because of Eve and Street Corner. So "don’t be a sucker! Stick to medical treatment and you can be cured!"
Human Reproduction (1957, b&w) begins as a little boy says, "Dad, where do babies come from?" Dad looks nervous but the answer is obvious: babies come from a bunch of anatomical models and clinical diagrams that make the human sex organs look like some bizarre Martian landscape. And explaining it all is the voice of narrator SID BERRY, the same guy who guides us through Barry Mahon’s fake compilation, Censored, eight years later!
Next up is... Oh, God! No! Make it stop, make it stop! Yes, boys, it’s the U.S. Navy’s 1942 diseased classic Sex Hygiene, which is guaranteed to make even the strongest men scream, gag, and run out of the room. Obviously, the Navy’s approach here is to scare guys into an awareness of VD which they do (quite well, in fact) with closeups of eleven separate penises rotting with chancroids, gonorrhea, or syphilis. It is not pretty. Further cruelty is inflicted by watching a sailor inject prophylactic ointment into his pecker. And, hey, remember to clean that foreskin!
In contrast, A Quarter Million Teenagers (1960’s, color) primarily uses colorful stylized art to suggest the ravages of venereal disease. For instance, did you know that a teen’s infected scrotum turns a lovely lime-green?
And, finally, things are wrapped up nicely with a mini-version of scare-film specialist SID DAVIS’ only feature film, the 1961 Damaged Goods (color), in which a young man’s visit to a go-go bar is rewarded with "a little sore."
-- Handsome Harry Archer