Damaged Goods / The Hard Road
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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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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!
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.Read more ›
"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."