Victims of Passion (1938)

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Synopsis by Robert Firsching

Exploitation pioneer Willis Kent produced this smarmy sex-hygiene roadshow attraction featuring Willy Castello (also in Mad Youth and Confessions of a Vice Baron) as Dr. Von Hertsen, who was thrown in jail after a dead manicurist showed up in his apartment. He gets out and goes to work at an illegal abortion clinic for a Mr. Randall. There, he is persecuted by detectives and other doctors who apparently think that white women shouldn't have abortions because otherwise the race won't be able to keep up with minority birthrates. The district attorney and coroner are the film's heroes, and try to save a woman from such a terrible "folly." Much of the film, however, consists of footage from The Cocaine Fiends shot in a nightclub called the Dead Rat, where various performers fill up screen time until the payoff reel featuring nudity and operating-room footage. Lona Andre co-stars with Erma Deen and Carlton Young.