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- 2004-09-05 19:55:15
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Subject: Syphilis and Busted Hymen
Bet she goes lesbo - at least for a while - maybe not forever, though. Chicks are facultative about that stuff, and sometimes eventually get over stuff like this and flip back the other way.
I'm not sure chicks even know what a hymen is these days. It's another word purged from the English language. And with tampons & stuff, hymens may be an endangered species - just like foreskins I guess.
Subject: AM radio causes VD??
Subject: Premarital Sex Leading to VD?
Subject: review of The Innocent Party
Subject: Syphilis in living color!
Still, Don says "he's got to have time to think about it", but of course Don does eventually bring Betty in, and the doctor confirms that they both have syphilis---but the doctor has caught the disease in time, so Don and Betty can be treated and will be alright. Don and Betty are both staring at the floor, their heads downcast, muttering lines like, "I'd rather be dead." To which Storck replies, "I know. But tomorrow, you'd rather be cured." The End. The film is effective, despite some overacting by the young couple, and won some prestigious awards and was widely used by schools up until the 1980s. There's also a cool jazz combo soundtrack to open your ears to, besides. For anyone interested, Harper Barnes (Don) was paid $150 for his work in this film. Shelby Storck (the doctor) was paid $200 and Sandra Hopkins (Betty), an actress from Topeka, was paid $100. Larry Sneegas (Nicky) earned $50. Also according to Centron production records, "The Innocent Party" was produced by Art Wolf, directed by Herk Harvey, and written by Trudy Travis, with photography by Norm Stuewe and Maurice Prather and sound and editing by Chuck Lacey and Dan Palmquist. Highly recommended.
Subject: what a bummer...
centron films were usually filmed in lawrence kansas. i can see some of the landmarks there and i grew up a stone throw from there.
Subject: Gee willikers!
Subject: Love never means having to say you have VD
On a fun note, the male lead looks like a young Ryan OÃÂNeal, so I was thinking this to be a warped version of Love Story.
Subject: Saw this film as a high school Senior, just before I graduated
There was no discussion before or after, just the showing of the film, then we all went back to our classes in silence. We all had a lot to ponder.
God, it's good times have changed!
Subject: Centron... In Color
Clearly the cause of VD is parking.
He has concern about a sore that showed up on his penis (though the word is never mentioned in the film, not even by his doctor, who calls it his "special organ"), which is dismissed by his friend, but he goes to the doctor anyway. The doctor tells him he is infected and tries to get Don to tell him all the girls he's been with. The doctor states that he's "not here to lay a moral judgement," but it is clear that the message is abstanance. This is made clear at the end when he tells the couple that they did something that "society disapproves of." While the consequences of VD are laid out in a rather heavy handed way, the topic of sex is delicatately and strangely worked around.
Of interest is there is no overarching narrator, as we might find in earlier Centron films, but this is presented as a mini-melodrama. Perhaps the influence of television was really being felt by the late 1950s.
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