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Teenage Devil Dolls

1955

AKA One Way Ticket to Hell Pert and pretty high school teen Cassandra Leigh (Barbara Marks) opts for the easy life of a pot-smoking biker in order to avoid the demands of her neurotic career mom (Lucille Price). When Cassandra's grades slip and her college plans fall by the wayside, she marries a love-smitten high school swain (Robert Norman). The devotion of her husband bores the young bride: she looks up her old thrill-seeking buddies and splits from home.


Teenage Devil Dolls (aka One Way Ticket to Hell) is a 1955 United States of America black and white Teen film Police procedural about a high school graduate whose life spirals out of control when she becomes addicted to heroin.

Plot summary

Pert and pretty high school teen Cassandra Leigh opts for the easy life of a pot-smoking biker in order to avoid the demands of her neurotic career mom. When Cassandra's grades slip and her college plans fall by the wayside, she marries a love-smitten high school swain. The devotion of her husband bores the young bride: she looks up her old thrill-seeking buddies and splits from home.
It isn't long before she's peddling dope on the streets in order to finance her growing list of addictions. A young Mexican takes the wayward girl under his wing and makes her not only his partner-in-crime but his woman.
With the police on their heels, Cassandra and her lover are forced to ditch a stolen car in the desert and take uge in a shallow cave. With the posse closing in, the Mexican abandons Cassandra and the deputies nab the semi-conscious heroine. The court sends Cassandra to a Federal Narcotics Hospital.

Cast

  • Barbara Marks as Cassandra Leigh
  • Kurt Martell as Narrator, as Lt. David Jason)
  • Robert A. Sherry as Lieutenant David Jason
  • Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr. as Miguel 'Cholo' Martinez
  • Lucille Price as Cassandra's Mother)
  • Bamlet Lawrence Price, Sr. as Cassandra's Current Step-Father
  • William Kendell (actor) as Russell Packard
  • Robert Norman (actor) as Johnny Adams
  • Elaine Lindenbaum as Margo Rossi
  • Joel Climenhaga as Sven Bergman
  • Joe Popavich as Al Stutzman
  • Anthony Gorsline as Jimmy Sanchez
  • Victor Schwartz as Sergeant Schwartz

Reviews

The New York Times, December 8, 1955: "... A case history of a young girl's descent into enslavement to the [drug] habit, this obviously serious attempt to illustrate and warn against the disastrous effects of the evil emerges largely as an unimaginative cops-and-robbers-type melodrama. Although its intentions are undoubtedly noble this latter-day parable is crude and without force. Turned out in quasi-documentary style — there is no dialogue, the story is related in "voice-of-doom" fashion by Kurt Martell, the off-screen narrator — [the film] affords its cast little opportunity to develop character ... Barbara Marks only occasionally rises to the emotional levels called for in the role of the disturbed lass who drifts from a broken home to an eventually broken marriage, to marijuana, sleeping pills and heroin."

Production notes

Bamlet L. Price, Jr. produced, directed, wrote, and played Cholo Martinez, one of the villains who leads the heroine astray.

Category:1950s crime films
Category:1955 films
Category:American films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films shot in Los Angeles, California
Category:Teen films
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B. Lawrence Price, Jr.

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