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Subject: Narcotics - 1951

A declassified vice squad training film, Subject: Narcotics, produced in the 1950's, takes an unflinching look at the lifestyle of heroin users during.  Made in the pre-rock & roll era, the junkie flophouse depicted here  resembles a scenario more out of beatnik novel than the more glamorous goth-punk facade we've become accustomed to today.

This film was produced with the purpose of acquainting law enforcement agencies with some of the problems of narcotics enforcement.  It is not intended as an educational film for the general public.

Girlie Film: Hot Number - 1940's

You know how it is ...

You get home after a day out, and it's just so hot you feel the urge strip to your undergarments.

Girlie Film: Walkin' Home, Again - 1920's

A bevy of flappers prances around the beach, having such a good time they can't help but strip to their skivvies. A ragamuffin, who watches them from behind a rock, swipes their clothes as they play carelessly in the waves.

Amos Milburn: Bad Bad Whiskey - 1950's

Originally from Texas, Amos Milburn moved to Los Angeles and soon became a fixture in the Central Avenue music scenes thriving in Watts during the 1940's and 1950's. As you can hear from his piano style, Milburn would be a great influence on Fats Domino. He wrote many hits during his day, and was also noted for recording Rudy Toombs' "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer."

Drugs: The Terrible Truth - 1950's

In this Cold War era anti-drug film, the point is, if you smoke marijuana, you are destined to become a heroin addict, just like Phylis.

Sticking to the principals of red-scare tactics, a Harry Truman-like, hard-nosed narrator leads us through a cautionary tale, where once you start, you are forever a member, just like the commies.

Shot in color in early 1950's Los Angeles.

Classic lines include, "They both 'smoked pot.' That's Jive talk for marijuana." ... Brilliant!

Coney Island - 1940's

Coney Island, "the place where merriment is king!"

Take a trip back in time 50 years before the Mermaid Parade.

See masses of old school New Yorkers beat the heat by hitting the beach.

See Side Shows! Carnies! Freaks! Thrill rides! Includes the original Coney Island Hot Dog, the Bathing Girl Review, and people getting sick on rides.

Not to mention the Tiger Rag, if 1940's Coney Island existed today an insurance agent would have a field day.

Still, 1940's Coney Island kicks the ass of Disneyland any day.

Coney Island, USA - 1952

Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.

Hamburg Red Light District, Rathskellers - 1950's

With the coming of Oktoberfest, (and in response to the above mentioned film As We Like It), let us reminisce of beer celebrations held nightly during the 1950's and '60's in the Teutonic hamlet of Hamburg.

A phenomena that grew from a chronically disaffected population of post-war Germany, you may never see so many irretrievably plastered people in one place at one time ever again.

Trailer: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - 1965

 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a 1965 exploitation film directed by Russ Meyer, who also wrote the script with Jack Moran. It stars Tura Satana, Haji, and Lori Williams.

The film features gratuitous violence, sexuality, provocative gender roles, and campy dialogue. It is one of Meyer's more boldly titled and unflinchingly exploitative films, yet unlike most of his movies, it contains virtually no nudity.

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