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The Rampant Age (January 15, 1930)

The Rampant Age
 

Released on January 15, 1930: When her boyfriend makes love to a party girl Doris decides to join the wild party group to make him jealous.

Produced by Trem Carr

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: James Murray (Sandy Benton), Merna Kennedy (Doris Lawrence), Eddie Borden (Eddie Mason), Margaret Quimby (Estelle), Florence Turner (Mrs. Lawrence), Patrick Cunning (De Witt), Gertrude Messinger (Julie Ann Molton), John Elliott (Arnold Benton), Robert Forbes (Osborn), John T. Prince (party guest), Henry Roquemore (surprised party guest)

 
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Sex on the Silver Screen

To understand how radical and extreme this movie was when it appeared in movie theaters you need to put your mind into 1930 America . . . The stock market crashed last fall and the world is heading into the greatest economic depression the world had ever seen. Farmers can't sell their crops because workers have lost their jobs and cannot afford to buy them. Bread lines and soup kitchens keep families from starving to death. Money is scarce and men can't find work, and going to a movie was the last extravagance that working folk could afford. Booze was illegal, and when you hear the actors referring to root beer, you know that they mean booze. Now, on a warm Friday evening a fellow and his lady scrape together enough money for a movie, so that they can forget the dreary, disastrous life that they are living since the Great Depression began, and this is what they see. The first couple of minutes consist of voices in a dark room . . . a man is trying to neck with a girl, and when the lights suddenly get turned on he discovers that he is not alone in the room with the girl he is trying to conquer, but the room is full of couples all trying to make love to each other. Yes, this movie is a Pre-Code movie, before censors forced movie producers to frame stories only in family-friendly ways. While most of the world is struggling to find food for tomorrow, there are still pockets of wealth and their 1930 lifestyle is the center of this story. Husbands and wives are flirting with other husbands and wives, and swapping mates seems to be the most fun party game of all time. Wealthy young Sandy Benton likes prudish Doris, but she won't go to the wild parties with Sandy, so he grabs blonde bimbo Estelle, with the squeaky voice of Betty Boop, and they party and make love and live life large, while Doris sits at home with Granny hoping to snare Sandy as a husband, but is unwilling to join the wild lifestyle of the rest of the wealthy folk. In frustration at Sandy's wild fling with Estelle, one night Doris agrees to attend a charity party with Eddie, Sandy's always drunk buddy, and at this party all of the girls are auctioned off for charity. The winner of each girl is the master of her for the night . . . yup . . . You know what I mean . . . Whew . . . This kind of story plot is even rare today. After Eddie bids on and wins his third girl, I'm even getting nervous . . . This could get out of hand . . . Who knew it could happen in 1930? Well, this leads to that and prudish Doris decides that she must become the biggest bimbo in the party group to show Sandy what it is like to be on the other end of a wild relationship. It all comes to a head when they are at the flying club and Doris suggests that all the guys put their names in a hat, and when each girl picks a name, that couple will immediately go out and get married . . . at random . . . Wow . . . That isn't even a plot that would be seen today, let alone in 1930. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Eddie Barden and James Murray
Eddie Barden and James Murray
Eddie Borden
Eddie Borden
Florence Turner and Eddie Borden
Florence Turner and Eddie Borden
Florence Turner shows Merna Kennedy the gossip column
Florence Turner shows Merna Kennedy the gossip column
Florence Turner
Florence Turner
Gertrude Messinger and Eddie Borden
Gertrude Messinger and Eddie Borden
Gertrude Messinger and John Elliott
Gertrude Messinger and John Elliott
Gertrude Messinger and John Elliott
Gertrude Messinger and John Elliott
Henry Roquemore and an unknown actress
Henry Roquemore and an unknown actress
James Murray
James Murray
James Murray and Merna Kennedy
James Murray and Merna Kennedy
James Murray
James Murray
John Elliott
John Elliott
Margaret Quimby, James Murray and Merna Kennedy
Margaret Quimby, James Murray and Merna Kennedy
Margaret Quimby and James Murray
Margaret Quimby and James Murray
Margaret Quimby
Margaret Quimby
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy and Eddie Borden
Merna Kennedy and Eddie Borden
Merna Kennedy and Florence Turner
Merna Kennedy and Florence Turner
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy and John Elliott
Merna Kennedy and John Elliott
Patrick Cunning, Merna Kennedy and Eddie Borden
Patrick Cunning, Merna Kennedy and Eddie Borden
Patrick Cunning and Merna Kennedy
Patrick Cunning and Merna Kennedy