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Teenage Devil Dolls – 1950’s drug hysteria propaganda
February 19, 2006, 1:54 pm
Filed under: Good Stuff

Straight from the cutting room of the U.S. Narcotics Bureau, Teenage Devil Dolls is a shinning example of how Hollywood creates the hype for the drug warriors.

teenage.jpg This film will have you laughing, as will the review. Some funny stuff there:

… we are then given a screen full of statistics, such as that there has been a 2000% increase in the number of juvenile addicts over the past ten years.

Extrapolating from this data, it means that by 1964, the entire country will be addicted to narcotics, which explains how they got away with that bizarre color scheme on “Shindig!” It also explains why the set of the “Mike Douglas Show,” a program directed at middle-aged, Lark-smoking Midwestern ladies in hairnets, was bedecked with psychedelic Flower Power daisies. Now you know. Even though your Aunt Ruth from Fergus Falls favored quilted housecoats, adored Lawrence Welk, and faithfully brought her delightful lima bean-and-Velveeta hotdish to Casserole Night at the Lutheran Church, behind your back she was mainlining horse.

So what does this movie teach us about handling the problems of today’s teens? Well, Teenage Devil Doll, much like the U.S. Justice Department, propounds the “gateway” theory of narcotics addiction. This hypothesis holds that the use of a relatively mild mood-altering substance such as nicotine or marijuana inevitably leads to a craving for a more powerful reality-warping agent such as matrimony. And of course that leads to fornication with Swedes, death by exposure, and, uh…a train ride.

If you’re ever going to have an evening of film, add this to the agenda. It’s guaranteeee belly laugh.

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