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Stigma (1972)

A knowledgeable doctor, (Philip Michael Thomas) moves to a secluded community and soon discovers a deadly virus changing the town's young people. What is more disturbing, is the conspiracy to protect this epidemic when he tries cure it.


David E. Durston


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Michael Thomas ... Dr. Calvin Crosse
Harlan Cary Poe Harlan Cary Poe ... Bill Waco (as Harlan Poe)
Josie Johnson ... D.D. Whitehead
Peter Clune ... Sheriff Whitehead (as Peter H. Clune)
William Magerman William Magerman ... Jeremy
Connie Van Ess Connie Van Ess ... Tassie
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ... Himself (as 'Cousin' Bruce Morrow)
Richard Geisman Richard Geisman ... Joe
Raina Barrett Raina Barrett ... 'B' Girl
Kevin Andre Kevin Andre ... Homosexual (as Carter Courtney)
Rhonda Fultz Rhonda Fultz ... Rhoda (as Rhonda Fuller)
Kathleen Joyce Kathleen Joyce ... Kathleen (as Kathy Joyce)
Jean Parker Jean Parker ... Jeanie
Edwin Mills Edwin Mills ... Choir Leader
James Grace James Grace ... Ed (as Jim Grace)


A knowledgeable- doctor, Calvin Crosse (Philip Michael Thomas) moves to a secluded community and soon discovers a deadly virus affecting the young town's people. What is more disturbing, is the conspiracy to protect this epidemic when he tries to cure those infected. Written by blogmonstermike.wordpress.com

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The curse that begins with a kiss.


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Release Date:

18 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Stigma Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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David E. Durston did the voice of Dr. Thorne on the tape recorder. See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: The Star Wars Holiday Special (2014) See more »

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"Kids, This Is Very Heavy!"...
29 May 2019 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

Dr. Calvin Crosse (Philip Michael Thomas) walks into a saloon, and is immediately solicited by both a man and a woman! All within 3 seconds! So begins, STIGMA. Dr. Crosse is down on his luck, having just gotten out of federal prison for performing an illegal abortion. Next stop, Stillford Island, where he finds the local population to be... less than helpful. He also finds the doctor he was supposed to meet there is... dead, which angers the local Sheriff to no end. Said Sheriff either has the world's largest head, or is wearing a clown hat. Other than racial hatred, there doesn't seem to be much happening on the island. But, wait! Dr. Calvin discovers a tape left by his deceased benefactor. There has apparently been some sort of outbreak. As time goes on, Calvin learns two things: #1- The whole island is inhabited by bigoted religious nuts. #2- The sheriff's daughter "gets around", perhaps due to the crocheted toaster cover she wears on her head, even while jogging naked! Of course, she can't beat the cackling, incoherent lighthouse keeper in his scarf / hat ensemble! We are even treated to a public service film on "VD", featuring a man in a polyester wig telling us about "chancres". Yep, there's an epidemic underway, and casual hippies could be to blame! Can Dr. Crosse get to the bottom of things before the nearby "house-of-ill-repute" loses its reputation? Hopefully not, since it contains the most interesting people in town! This is one funny movie!... P.S.- You have not truly experienced life until you've seen a 500-lb. man being tickled by a pitchfork!...

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