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damaged lives


Damaged Lives (1933) is a Canada / United States exploitation film produced by Columbia Pictures and directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The film is based on an original script about a couple that contracts a venereal disease.
The film is also known as The Shocking Truth (American reissue title). IMDB says this was filmed at General Service Studios. The final The End title on the Internet Archive print says it was an Educational Film Exchanges, Inc. release.

Plot summary

The film involves an extramarital encounter that leads the wife of the main character into killing herself and her husband.
A boss insists that a young executive, with an important job and a long term girlfriend, go out with him to a party and while out at the party he sleeps with a young wealthy woman, Elise (Charlotte Merriam), and contracts syphilis from her. The girlfriend is so upset that she commits suicide.

=Differences from play=


  • Diane Sinclair (Dutch actress) as Joan Bradley
  • Lyman Williams as Donald Bradley Jr.
  • Harry Myers as Nat Franklin
  • Marceline Day as Laura Hall
  • Jason Robards Sr. as Dr. Bill Hall
  • Charlotte Merriam as Elise Cooper
  • Murray Kinnell as Dr. Vincent Leonard
  • George Irving (American actor) as Donald Bradley Sr.
  • Cecilia Parker as Rosie
  • Almeda Fowler as Mrs. Bradley



Filmed in 1933, this cautionary tale was produced under the name Weldon Pictures, because Columbia did not want to be associated with the topic of the film. Along with the controversial subject matter, this is also noteworthy for containing one of the earliest Nudity in film in a sequence where a group of fun-loving women strip naked and go nude swimming.
Although some scenes in the film were cut by Film censorship in the United States in Maryland State Board of Censors and Ohio, it was still very popular in the United States.< name="Schaefer"/> For example, in Baltimore 65,000 persons, representing approximately 10% of the population, saw the film.< name="Schaefer"/>

Category:1933 films
Category:1937 films
Category:Canadian films
Category:American films
Category:1930s drama films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films based on plays
Category:Films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about sexually transmitted diseases
Category:Films made before the MPAA Production Code

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