Damaged Lives / Damaged Goods (Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture, Vol. 13)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, and Phil Goldstone

Year: 1933
Running Time: 129
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama
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Damaged Lives / Damaged Goods (Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture, Vol. 13)

Cast
Diane Sinclair
Lyman Williams
Pedro de Cordoba
Phyllis Barry
Douglas Walton

Crew
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and Phil Goldstone


Eugène Brieux’s play Les Avaries endeavored to bring syphilis out of the shadows and erase the stigma surrounding it. Later adapted by Upton Sinclair into the novel Damaged Goods, the story became the backbone of countless sex hygiene films, in which a young couple’s happiness is overshadowed by the specter of disease. Made just before his influential horror film The Black Cat, Edgar G. Ulmer’s unauthorized rendition of the story (Damaged Lives) is grimly poetic, and deserves a place among the director’s finest work. Often overlooked in the exploitation cycle, Damaged Goods demonstrates how unexpectedly compelling these disreputable little films could be. 

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