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The Road to Ruin (May 15, 1934)

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Paul Page and Helen Foster
 

Released on May 15, 1934: (running time 64 minutes) A Coming of Age drama about a school girl learning to smoke, drink, gamble, and party with the boys.

Directed by Dorothy Davenport

The Actors: Helen Foster (Ann Dixon), Nell O'Day (Eve Monroe), Glen Boles (Tommy), Robert Quirk (Ed), Paul Page (Ralph Bennett), Richard Hemingway (Brad), Virginia True Boardman (Martha Dixon), Richard Tucker (Mr. Dixon), Donald Kerr (drunk shooting dice), Eleanor Thatcher (girl dancing to the Campus Crawl), Neal Pratt (Evans), Jimmy Tolson (Jimmy, club singer), Edward Biby (party guest), Mae Busch (Mrs. Monroe), Jack Cheatham (detective), Dorothy Davenport (Mrs. Merrill), Fern Emmett (neighbor Homer's wife), Adolph Faylauer (party guest), J.C. Fowler (Homer, the alarmed neighbor), J. Frank Glendon (Ann's doctor), Lew Hicks (police detective), Jack Holmes (party guest), Walter James (headwaiter), Theodore Lorch (abortion doctor), Stanley Mack (bartender), Merrill McCormick (party guest), Field Norton (party guest), Arthur Vinton (police detective)

 

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High School Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Dorothy Davenport grew up in a family of actors. She had an aunt that was one of the greatest Broadway actresses of her time, and her father was also a Broadway star. When movies were first created, her father got into motion pictures, and daughter Dorothy followed, acting in 140 pictures from 1910 to 1934. Dorothy was one of the first group of actors to leave the New York and New Jersey film companies to make motion pictures in Hollywood.

In 1913, at the age of 18, Dorothy Davenport married a young actor/director named Wallace Reid. Five years later, while she and her husband were working on location in Oregon, her husband, Wallace Reid, was injured badly during a train wreck scene. As the pain from his injury grew worse, he was given ever-larger doses of morphine, leading to his death from an overdose in 1923. Dorothy never remarried, and for the next eleven years devoted her talents to making great entertaining movie stories with a social moral, ususally under the name, Mrs. Wallace Reed.

Her first ‘movie fan, beware’ story was about narcotics addiction, and she went on to make films about prostitution, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, bigamy, arranged marriages, and other social ills that she saw in 1920’s and 1930's America. Dorothy not only acted in this, her final motion picture, as the city police crime prevention officer, but also wrote and directed this movie. Because of her motion picture and acting experience, she was able to film complex and entertaining stories with A-list actors, unlike the quickly made exploitation films that used less-talented performances, and poor dialogue.

In this adventure, actress Helen Foster is school girl Ann Dixon, and we watch as her school chum and a couple of teenage boys introduce her to smoking, drinking alcohol, and romantic encounters. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Dorothy Davenport
Dorothy Davenport
Donald Kerr
Donald Kerr
Dorothy Davenport and Helen Foster
Dorothy Davenport and Helen Foster
Eleanor Thatcher
Eleanor Thatcher
Fern Emmett
Fern Emmett
Glen Boles
Glen Boles
GLen Boles and Helen Foster
GLen Boles and Helen Foster
Glen Boles
Glen Boles
Helen Foster
Helen Foster
Helen Foster and Glen Boles
Helen Foster and Glen Boles
Helen Foster and Nell O'Day
Helen Foster and Nell O'Day
Helen Foster and Paul Page
Helen Foster and Paul Page
Helen Foster
Helen Foster
Helen Foster
Helen Foster
Helen Foster and Glen Boles
Helen Foster and Glen Boles
Jimmy Tolson
Jimmy Tolson
Jimmy Tolson
Jimmy Tolson
Mae Busch
Mae Busch
Neal Pratt
Neal Pratt
Nell O'Day and Helen Foster
Nell O'Day and Helen Foster
Nell O'Day and Helen Foster
Nell O'Day and Helen Foster
Nell O'Day and Robert Quirk
Nell O'Day and Robert Quirk
Nell O'Day and Robert Quirk
Nell O'Day and Robert Quirk
Nell O'Day
Nell O'Day
Nell O'Day skinny dipping
Nell O'Day skinny dipping
Paul Page
Paul Page
Paul Page and Helen Foster
Paul Page and Helen Foster
Paul Page and Helen Foster
Paul Page and Helen Foster
Richard Hemingway and Paul Page
Richard Hemingway and Paul Page
Richard Tucker
Richard Tucker
Richard Tucker and J. Frank Glendon
Richard Tucker and J. Frank Glendon
Robert Quirk and Nell O'Day
Robert Quirk and Nell O'Day
Theodore Lorch
Theodore Lorch
Virginia True Boardman and Richard Tucker
Virginia True Boardman and Richard Tucker