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The Devil's Sleep (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 18 May 1949 (USA)
The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.

Director:

W. Merle Connell

Writers:

Danny Arnold (original story), Richard S. McMahan (original story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lita Grey ... Judge Rosalind Ballentine (as Lita Grey Chaplin)
Will Charles Will Charles ... Inspector Darnell
William Thomason William Thomason ... Detective Sergeant Dave Kerrigan
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Umberto Scalli
Fred Smith Fred Smith ... Tony Donardi
Muriel Gardner Muriel Gardner ... Ruby McKenzie
Laura Travers Laura Travers ... Jerri Winter
Jim Tyde Jim Tyde ... Bob Winter
Stan Freed Stan Freed ... Hal Holmes
Tracy Lynne Tracy Lynne ... Margie Ballantine
Bob Lenihan Bob Lenihan ... Frankie Clinton
Pat Lawless Pat Lawless ... Police Officer
Stan Modic Stan Modic ... Pug
Mildred Davis Mildred Davis ... Tesse T. Tesse
John Mitchum ... Interne
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The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.

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Today's Moral MENACE !.. Daring expose of the devil drug traffic in 'Bennies', 'Goofies' and 'Phenos' as it really exists.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Até o Diabo Dorme See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's Raining
Written by John J. Potpinko
Sung by Annette Warren
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Lots of Speeches
10 November 2009 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Wow, Mr. America of 1948. What a big lunk. I guess Laurence Olivier wasn't available for this film. They don't get much more preachy and dumb than this one. The authorities are so dull, most of the kids would have died of boredom rather than from the drugs presented. It is the tale of youth running rampant, doing things because they have been given drugs. They are holding up banks, burglarizing houses, doing lewd things in public. Then there's the old health club with its reducing drugs. Of course, all these drugs cause memory loss so people have trouble trying to figure out what they did. The circuit judge's daughter gets something in a coke and poses nude. One thing I did notice is that there are some pretty risqué little scenes here. That surprised me. It's cheesecake that must have got the censors involved to some degree. Just plain awful in a Reefer Madness kind of way. Don't miss the doctor's speech at the end. At one point he squints to read the card in front of him.


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