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Street Corner / Because of Eve (Something Weird)

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Finally, the veils of sexual ignorance are lifted with these two incredible sex-and-sin exploitation classicks which once traveled the back roads of America exposing small-town audiences to the shocking-but-true Facts of Life! When high school girl Lois f

Special Features

  • Video Introduction by Legendary Producer and Exploitation Film Authority David F. Friedman!
  • Audio Commentary on Street Corner by David F. Friedman!
  • Audio Interviews with Exploitation Pioneers Dan Sonney and Roadshow Impresario Claude Alexander!
  • Special "In Person" Book Pitch and Intermission Lecture by a "Famed Hygiene Commentator!"
  • Theatrical Trailers for "Street Corner," "I Want a Baby," "Man and Wife," "Mated," "Mom and Dad," "Test Tube Babies," "Unmarried Mothers," and "We Want a Child!"
  • The Mystery of Motherhood Revealed in the Claude Alexander Color Featurette, "The Wondrous Story of Birth!"
  • Intermission Book-Pitch for Mom and Dad Marriage Manual!
  • Galleries of Roadshow Pitch Books and Roadshow Exploitation Art with Mom and Dad Testimonials and Radio Spots!

Product Details

  • Actors: Joseph Crehan, Marcia Mae Jones, Jean Fenwick, Don Brodie, John Treul
  • Directors: Albert H. Kelley, Howard Bretherton
  • Writers: Albert H. Kelley, Edwin Roth, Jack Jungmeyer, Larry Allen, Walter A. Lawrence
  • Producers: George McCall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Q4W3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Street Corner / Because of Eve (Something Weird)" on IMDb

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By Kert Conrad on August 20, 2003
Format: DVD
Being a fan of vintage instructional films like those featured in the EDUCATIONAL ARCHIVES collection, I had to buy this DVD when I learned that it included several "facts of life" movies from the 1940's. As it turns out, those short films are only a small part of the attractions on this very interesting disc. If you've always thought of exploitation films as schlocky productions with bad scripts and terrible acting, the movies included in this double feature will be a pleasant surprise. Be forewarned, however: there's some very graphic footage here, even by today's standards, showing stomach-turning close-ups of the effects of venereal disease and a step-by-step view of a Caesarean section being performed. Most of the images are in black & white, but it's still pretty strong stuff.
The first film on the double bill, STREET CORNER, is an effective little drama about a young woman from a "respectable" household who finds herself alone and helpless when she becomes pregnant. With nowhere else to go, she makes a visit to the wrong side of town in hopes of solving her problem -- with disastrous results. The cast is quite good in this film, and I think the story would hold up very well even without the educational material presented near the end. It's definitely an above-average production. Film buffs will note that the main character is played by Marcia Mae Jones, a wonderful actress who gave an unforgettable performance as one of the schoolchildren in the 1936 drama THESE THREE.
The second movie, BECAUSE OF EVE (The Story of Life), requires a bit of an explanation.
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STREET CORNER is about Lois Marsh (Marcia Mae Jones). Her story is told, retrospectively, by Dr. James Fenton (Joseph Crehan). Lois is a typically naive young girl, living w/ her typically loving parents. One night, she and her boyfriend, Bob, go out to a swinging party at the country club. Alas, if only Lois' parents had simply explained the "facts of life" to her! If only Dr. Fenton had stopped by before Lois had left! Then, they would have been aware of the importance of his classes! Instead, Lois went out to certain perdition! The good Dr. narrates as Bob and Lois stop by the river, which can only lead to one thing! If only she'd sat in on one of Dr. Fenton's seminars! Now, they're in the throes of satanic passion, and we all know what that means! Soon, kisses are exchanged, and those only mean one thing! Yessiree, the devil is loose in Purity-ville! Not even a stop at the diner can assuage Lois' guilt at this point. She knows she's in deep sin, and that only hell awaits her! Thankfully, Dr. Fenton's disembodied voice accompanies her in her grief. Her oblivious parents don't know that Lois has a dark secret. A secret that can mean only one thing! Indeed, she bears the mark! She carries the "bundle of joy" within her! The eeevil bun is in the oven! Oh, Dr Fenton! Save us! Save us! Lois and Bob plan on doing the right, morally correct thing, but death and tragedy ensue. Lois must now think the unthinkable, and turn to worldly waitress, Kitty Mae (Jan Sutton) for the "low down", the "dope" as it were. Kitty tells Lois of a place where a hideous hag resides. A hag that performs a certain "procedure". The criminal operation is performed! Lois is surely doomed. Let this be a warning! Avoid this poor girl's fate! If you don't take heed, you'll just end up w/ Dr.Read more ›
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This film is preachy and simplistic, but accurate as a record of its time. The acting is stilted, predictable, and lacking life; the actors too pretty and the story to clean. The film brushes past (using narration) the difficult interactions and the potentially embarrassing discussion. But all of that is just lead-up to the views of an actual birth, an actual caesarian section, and views of diseased genitalia. It's not easy stuff to watch, but it is not meant to be; it was meant to dissuade young people from engaging in sex. I think it likely served its purpose.
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Interesting mainly as ece of history, this polemic against abortion gets tiring. Narrated by the family doctor, the film wastes no time injecting a sermon into every pkace possible. Interestngly, it shows a film of childbirth-very real! Don't be fooled by the title or poster art.
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This was one of those filme used by our parents in the fiftys to teach us the facts of life. It worked well then and still works today.
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Interesting old sex education movie for the 50's.
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