Damaged Lives. 1933. USA. Director: Edgar G. Ulmer. DCP, b&w, 61 min.
Young shipping tycoon David Bradley (played by Lyman Williams) contracts an infectious disease and unknowingly transmits it to his wife. Diane Sinclair plays the traumatized spouse. The Canadian Social Hygiene Council (CSHC) was the sponsor of Damaged Lives, a feature film about venereal disease. Ulmer's first American film as director after starting his career in Germany, the film was completed in three weeks and opened May 1933 in Toronto. The CSHC boasted that Damaged Lives was the first Canadian picture to be produced in Hollywood and the first Hollywood picture to premiere in Canada. Intended as sexual education, not exploitation, Damaged Lives avoids harsh physiological depictions. It concentrates optimistically on hope provided by knowledge and discretion. It played at the Art Cinema/Harris Theater in July of 1939!
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 252 (1933) 9 min.
Dancing on the Moon (1935). Director: Dave Fleischer. Cartoon, 8 min.