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Damaged Goods / The Hard Road

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Jim and Judy can't wait to get married, but Jim and his pals take in the sleazy charms of a strip club where Jim loses his virginity to a hooker. Oops! Judy cancels the wedding plans when poor Jim thinks he's "caught something" which his doctor confirms is nothing less than syphilis; worse, the doc makes Jim watch a scary little film on the horrors of venereal disease! Propelled by music from The Ventures, Damaged Goods merges the wholesome world of Kennedy-era kids with those sordid little sores that just won't heal!

But that's just a warm-up for our second berserk feature in which a teen girl drowns in cheap sex and dangerous drugs while stumbling down The Hard Road! After giving up her baby for adoption, Pam becomes a Hollywood tramp: climbing a billboard while high on grass, hooking up with hippies, shacking up with a junkie named Jimmy, and getting a "serious communicable disease." An incredible time capsule and ten exploitation films rolled into one! Just remember: tonight, romance; tomorrow, regret!

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Special Features

  • Teen Trash Trailers for "Damaged Goods," "The Hard Road," "Alley Tramp," "The Runaway," "Slightly Damaged," "Teenage Mother," "Teenage Sex Report," "Teenage Tramp" and "The Thrill Seekers!"
  • Don Gets a Dose from a Hooker and pass it on to Girlfriend Betty in the 1959 shot-in-Kansas Classroom Scare Short, "The Innocent Party!"
  • Get Grossed-Out by the Intense Sex-Hygiene Syphilis Scare Short, "VD!"
  • "Damaged Goods" producer Sid Davis tackles Teen Drinking and Driving in the Anti-Booze Scare Short, "The Bottle and the Throttle!"
  • Gallery of Roadshow Pitch Books with "Facts of Life" Intermission Lecture!
  • Gallery of Roadshow Exploitation Art with Radio Interview with Slightly Damaged Mondo Traveling Roadshow Sex Hygienist, Mr. E.J. Shaefer!
  • Over 3 1/2 Hours of Teens Turned Tragic!

Product Details

  • Actors: Charlotte Stewart, Dolores Faith, Mory Schoolhouse
  • Directors: H. Haile Chace
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment/Something Weird
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Q4W2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Damaged Goods / The Hard Road" on IMDb

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on October 12, 2003
I give Damaged Goods 3 stars, merely for its value as a historical curiosity. It has a very silly soap opera plot, and is very weak as a warning film. A girl gets jealous of her boyfriend because his best friend's girlfriend wants to steal him from her. So she dumps him, allowing the hussy to make passes at him. However, they make up. So his friend gets him drunk, he gets VD, she dumps him again, he takes up with his friend's girlfriend, he makes up with his old girlfriend and dumps his new squeeze, the end. Not what you would expect from Sid Davis, the master of paranoid, alarmist warning films for kids (surprisingly, no little children get killed by nameless strangers, a problem that occurs in pretty well every other Sid Davis film).
The Hard Road on the other hand is priceless. As Something Weird suggests, it is like every single warning film ever made has been combined into one alarming film. The lead female manages to go directly from one problem to another. Just when you think the script cannot come up with another tragedy for her to encounter, they do. It is fun just to try to guess what problem will arise next (you might want to make bets, its better than watching Banzai). But in addition you've got lots of bad acting and dialogue. A true exploitation masterpiece!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 8, 2005
Let me begin with this specific warning: One of the things that "Damaged Goods" and "The Hard Road" have in common is that during the course of the narratives the young people in the movies and the viewing audience are exposed to what were called sex hygiene films. The point of these "educational" films was to scare kids straight and that means showing pictures of genitalia infected with venereal disease. So if you think that this Something Weird DVD has brought together a couple of choice examples from the sexploitation genre of the early 1960s, you are going to be in for a rude awakening, which, of course, was the whole point of these films.

The trailer for "Damaged Goods" makes it seem that the title character of this 1961 film is Kathy Durham (Dolores Faith), the bad brunette high school girl who wants to take Jim Radman (Mory Schoolhouse) away from perky blonde Judy Jackson (Charlotte Stewart). But Jim is really the central character here and the title fits him as well as anybody, even if the presumption is the only young girls deserve the appellation. Jim and Judy have been dating for a while and are planning on getting married before going off to college. But then Jim goes off to Seaview with Monk (Michael Bell) and the rest of the boys and ends up "letting off some steam" with a prostitute. Judy finds out and breaks up with Jim, who then takes up with Kathy. Then he decides that he should go see his doctor about that sore that will not heal and it is time for that graphic educational film. At least director H. Haile Chace is able to carve out a happy ending (penicillin is real wonder drug), but just imagine going on a date in high school within a weak of watching this one.

"The Hard Road" for teenage Pamela Banner (Connie Nelson) begins with a pregnancy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 1960Fury on August 17, 2011
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My 5-star rating is for the first film, "Damaged Goods." This is a highly atmospheric film that is very nostalgic for anyone who remembers the 1960s. The hair, clothes, cars and music are a refreshing break from the un-ending grunge of post 1970-America.

"Damaged Goods" is a day in the life of handsome Jim (Mory Schoolhouse), his buddy Monk (Michael Bell) and the fun everybody has when bad girl Kathy (Dolores Faith) rocks the boat by taking Jim away from his squeaky-clean girlfriend Judy (Charlotte Stewart).

High points: Double-dating at a teen juke joint as Judy fumes over Kathy's obvious come-ons to Jim and Monk; Kathy cleverly acing Judy out of the picture so she can go with Jim and Monk to the fun-fair; boys night out with Jim, Monk and two buddies as they latch on to some hookers; and Kathy's delight when annoyingly wholesome Judy finds out Jim got lucky with a ho in Seaview, wrecking their relationship.

Yes, this was made as a warning film and the hygiene short cut into the end is gross...but that's what fast forward is for. The rest of the film is a delight.

"The Hard Road" merits no mention. It's a 35mm home movie made by people who had no idea what they were doing. Completely devoid of coherence and very tedious. Ignore it and instead tune into one of the DVD's bonuses, "The Innocent Party," which is much more in the spirit of "Damaged Goods."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Morrison on August 31, 2014
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2 classics.
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