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The Road to Ruin/No Greater Sin
The Road to Ruin/No Greater Sin
Actors: Leon Ames, Luana Walters, Pamela Blake, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Guy Usher
Directors: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer, William Nigh
Genres: Drama
PG     2006     2hr 23min


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Actors: Leon Ames, Luana Walters, Pamela Blake, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Guy Usher
Directors: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer, William Nigh
Creators: Dorothy Davenport, Jeffrey Bernerd, Mary C. Ransone, Michael Jacoby, Willis Kent
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Original Release Date: 05/15/1934
Theatrical Release Date: 05/15/1934
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 23min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A forgotten gem!
Jery Tillotson | new york city | 03/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Road to Ruin" is a surprisingly glossy movie with excellent production values, photography, background, etc. It stars the long-forgotten Helen Foster who plays her role of the doomed virgin with a strange, flat squinty-eyed expression. The poor thing is led down the path of destruction and ends up dying--but you're never sure the cause. In the big climax, there's a midnight swimming party where everyone wears bathing suits. Yet, they're all arrested for having a "nude" swim.

The performer who really steals this movie, though, is Helen Foster's girl friend, the radiant Nell O'Day. She's the one with the sparkle and charisma who should have been the star of this long forgotten effort.

What's interesting is that while this movie so terribly bland and never shows anything remotely forbidden, the big studios were also turning out some delightfully risque movies that showed a hell of a lot more. There was the Barbara Stanwyck scorcher, "Baby Face," Clara Bow in the outrageous "Call Her Savage," and all those other scorchers that starred Constance Bennett, Kay Francis and helen Twelvetrees.

Still this movie is a fascinating antique that promises all these naughty themes--yet, is so safe and sanitized that a child could watch this and probably fall fast asleep."