Mothers Bring Your Daughters! Fathers Bring Your Sons! (March, 1937)













Apparently, the Road to Ruin is a very slippery slope — as good girl Anne Dixon finds out, the hard way — which quickly rockets you down a path wrought with fast cars, booze and drugs, that ultimately dead-ends with an illegitimate teen pregnancy, and, horror of horrors, an abortion! And a lethally botched one, at that! Written and directed by Dorothy Davenport, a pioneer of sorts in the male dominated studio system, who apparently made it her life’s goal to warn others about the horrors of narcotics after her husband, writer/director Wallace Reid, died of an accidental overdose of morphine.

The Road to Ruin (1934) Willis Kent Productions :: True-Life Photoplays :: First Division Pictures / P: Willis Kent / D: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer / W: Dorothy Davenport / C: James Diamond / E: S. Roy Luby / S: Helen Foster, Nell O’Day. Glen Boles, Robert Quirk, Virginia True Boardman

Hearts in Bondage (1936) Republic Pictures / EP: Herman Schlom / P: Nat Levine / D: Lew Ayres / W: Karl Brown, Olive Cooper, Wallace MacDonald, Bernard Schubert / C: Jack Marta / E: Ralph Dixon / M: Hugo Riesenfeld / S: James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners, Fritz Leiber

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