|Directed by||Edgar G. Ulmer|
|Produced by||J. J. Allen (producer)|
Maxwell Cohn (producer)
Nat Cohn (producer)
|Written by||Edgar G. Ulmer (screenplay) |
Donald Davis (dialog)
|Based on||play Les Avariés |
by Eugène Brieux (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Allen G. Siegler|
|Edited by||Otto Meyer|
Weldon Pictures Corporation
|Distributed by||Weldon Pictures (Columbia Pictures)|
|22 May 1933|
19 August 1933
15 September 1933
|Country||Canada, United States|
The film was shot at General Service Studios, Hollywood for the Canadian Social Health Council and premiered in Toronto.
Damaged Lives was initially released in Canada and a few cities in the United States but screenings were blocked by censors in most American towns. In 1937, the film was re-released as The Shocking Truth with a 29-minute supplementary lecture on VD added onto the end of the film to satisfy censors. Most current video releases do not include this extra material.
The film involves an extramarital encounter that leads the wife of the main character into killing herself and her husband.
A boss insists that a young executive, with an important job and a long term girlfriend, go out with him to a party and while out at the party he sleeps with a young wealthy woman, Elise (Charlotte Merriam), and contracts a dangerous venereal disease from her. The girlfriend is so upset that she commits suicide.
Differences from play
- Diane Sinclair as Joan Bradley
- Lyman Williams as Donald Bradley Jr.
- Harry Myers as Nat Franklin
- Marceline Day as Laura Hall
- Jason Robards Sr. as Dr. Bill Hall
- Charlotte Merriam as Elise Cooper
- Murray Kinnell as Dr. Vincent Leonard
- George Irving as Donald Bradley Sr.
- Cecilia Parker as Rosie
- Almeda Fowler as Mrs. Bradley
- Harrison Greene as Policeman (uncredited)
- Victor Potel (Undetermined Role) (uncredited)
- Harry Semels as Waiter (uncredited)
Filmed in 1933, this cautionary tale was distributed under the name Weldon Pictures, because Columbia did not want to be associated with the topic of the film. The end title of the Internet Archive print says the film was an Educational Film Exchanges, Inc. release.
Although some scenes in the film were cut by state film censor boards in Maryland and Ohio, it was still very popular in the United States. For example, in Baltimore 65,000 people saw the film, representing approximately 10% of the population.
- Schaefer, Eric (1999). "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. Duke University Press. pp. 180, 419. ISBN 0-8223-2374-5.
- Damaged Lives at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- Bogdanovich, Peter (1997) Who the Devil made it : conversations with Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh in libraries (WorldCat catalog) (New York: Knopf) ISBN 978-0-3454-0457-2
- Rist, Peter (2001). Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada (Westport, Conn., and London: Greenwood Press), p. 77. ISBN 0-313-29931-5.
- Damaged Lives at AllMovie
- "Damaged Lives". Internet Archive. Retrieved 15 August 2016.