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Slaves in Bondage

Society Beauties by Day! Party Girls by Night!

19371 h 10 min

Mary Lou manages to escape abduction by a prostitution ring. She tells the Chief of Detectives they were planning to take her to the Berrywood road house, a well-known den of iniquity. Jim Murray and beautician Belle Harris are using her beauty shop to recruit floozies for their road house circuit. Dona Lee, who works at the beauty salon, is falling in love with young reporter wanna-be Phillip, but Murray gets jealous and makes life rough for him. Meanwhile Dona begins to figure out the racket, but becomes threatened by Murray's unwanted advances.

Director Elmer Clifton
Runtime 1 h 10 min
Release Date 24 July 1937
Adult No
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not rated

A low-budget, exploitation film presented as a cautionary tale about the evils of white slavery prostitution rings operating in America’s cities. Directed by Elmer Clifton who did the marijuana scare film “Assassin of Youth” the same year.

Here is the only noteworthy scene in this talky expose. For the first time in a mainstream film, spanking (and later cat-fighting) is shown as a sexual fetish — in a brothel no less. The madam shows off her special Oriental room where two lingerie-clad prostitutes playfully grapple and smack each other. The scene also hints at mild masochism (and implied lesbianism) that is quite unique and remarkable for the 1930s. (This vintage film is in the public domain)

Slaves in Bondage ~ spanking episode