As the Twig Is Bent...
- Publication date
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- Aetna Life Insurance Company
Terrific film about juvenile delinquency during World War II. From the early sensationalist days, before warm and cuddly social guidance films took over. Intended for adults.
Promotes family values in the midst of wartime. This film was a response to World War II's fracturing of the family, as adults worked late shifts or were in the military, and children, especially teenagers, ran amuck. Includes scenes of juvenile delinquency, gangsters and criminals, robberies, burglaries, vandalism, drinking and drug use. A mother who works the night shift leaves dinner for her children with a note admonishing them to take care of themselves and above all, not wake up Daddy. There are also scenes of "Victory Girls" entering sexually compromising situations with soldiers and servicemen.
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY WORLD WAR II WWII VICTORY GIRLS homefront sexuality gender roles
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: It's All True!
Everything in here has been proven true 100 times over. Absent parents leads to neglected kids which leads to uneducation and eventually crime in many cases.
We seem to have this reflex to make fun of these films; sure they are a bit quarky, but what's not true about it? Over reaction? Have you studied crime stats? Crime is up 500% in many cases. And it's getting worse! Have you heard the latest stats?
How can people expect children to turn out okay raised by TV or worse; the internet?
Subject: Come outa there Mugsey!
Subject: Always fear the jukebox
Well, at least that's what the film tries to teach the parents, but goes way overboard at what causes kids to go bad.. Did you know that having Mothers work will cause Timmy to start smoking? (or at least that's what's implied, he ducks behind a wall, and we see smoke... maybe it's coming out of his ears? who knows) Anyways, rather broad conformist film here, and it is reccomended.
Subject: As the Twig Is Bent
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Our Secret Century, Vol. 3: The Behavior Offensive.
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