Hooked/The Flaming Teenage [DVD]

Craven dope addicts corrupt America's youth in this pair of 1950s exploitation features, brought together on DVD by the concerned citizens at Something Weird Video. Both Hooked (aka Curfew Breakers and Narcotics Squad) and The Flaming Teen-Age have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the transfers make the most of the source materials, though the plentiful stock footage in Hooked would make the film look a bit grimy even in a brand-new print, and The Flaming Teen-Age doesn't fare much better. The audio for both features has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo using the original single-channel sound mix, and the quality is quite good considering the age of the source materials. Something Weird usually load up their DVDs with plenty of bonus materials, and that's certainly the case with this release, which includes three 1950s era educational shorts on the dangers of drugs and alcohol (one from no less an authority than the National Women's Christian Temperance Union), as well as trailers for Hooked (as Curfew Breakers), The Flaming Teen-Age, and six other drug-themed shockers. Folks with a taste for classic juvenile delinquent tales with a campy aftertaste will certainly want to give this DVD a spin.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailers for Hooked (under the alternate title Curfew Breakers) and The Flaming Teen-Age
  • Bonus trailers for Assassin of Youth, The Devil's Harvest, Hopped-Up, The Narcotics Story, The Pusher, and Youth Aflame
  • See "Good Boy" Marty DeMalone "Get the Habit" and turn into a teenage junkie when he graduates from marijuana to heroin in the classic 1951 classroom scare short #1: Drug Addiction
  • Learn that "Alcohol Is a Violent Narcotic" when three teens start drinking, get the girlfriends snockered, and commit vehicular homicide in the classic 1958 Sid Davis short #2: Alcohol Is Dynamite
  • Watch as Skid Row bums and Professor Wilson show two kids why booze is a bad thing in the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union short #3: The Choice Is Yours

Synopsis

Curfew Breakers
Police struggle to stem the tide of teenage drug addiction in this vintage exploitation drama, which combines the procedural style of Dragnet with the hopped-up hipster undertow of The Cool and the Crazy. Lieutenant Lacey (Paul Kelly), a police detective who heads up the narcotics squad, has been a busy man since dope dealers began targeting the students at a local high school. Coach Bettger (Regis Toomey) begins to suspect something is amiss when one-time star athlete Ray Bowman first loses interest in sports, and then disappears. Bettger turns to the police, who interview Ray's aunt, who has been taking care of the boy since the breakup of his parents. While the aunt has a hard time believing Ray is up to anything dangerous, she discovers how wrong she is when Ray turns up dead after running up a debt with Jimmy, a 21-year-old pusher who delivers fatal "hot shots" to customers who can't pay their bills. Eager to make new customers, Jimmy persuades his sexy girlfriend, Julie (Sheila Urban), to lure straight-laced BMOC Dick Williams (Cullen Wheelas) away to a party where she'll introduce him to "joy popping," but undercover cops are following Jimmy and Julie's trail, with a strung-out delinquent becoming a convenient informant against his former suppliers. Curfew Breakers was also released under the title Narcotics Squad, and has appeared on DVD under another re-release title, Hooked. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Flaming Teen-Age
A teenage boy learns about the dangers of alcohol while another man tumbles from booze into dope addiction in this exploitation drama. After his high-school-age son is found passed out by the side of the road in a drunken stupor, a father chooses an unusual form of punishment -- taking the boy to the sleaziest beer halls and juke joints in town. After an evening of watching hopeless drunks in their natural environment, the boy begins to learn his lesson. Later, we are introduced to Fred Garland (Noel Reyburn), an ambitious young man who owns his own candy shop while still in high school but dreams of bigger and better things. After enjoying some spiked punch at a party, Fred develops a taste for liquor and sells his shop to move to New York City. Fred lands a part in a vaudeville show and is enjoying life on the road until his drinking makes his unreliable, and a later job running a variety show for the owner of a drugstore goes no better. Fred fares a bit better when he opens a talent agency, but after he's talked into going into a confidence game with his partner, he's found guilty of fraud and takes it on the lam. Falling deeper and deeper into alcohol and despair, Fred's bad luck gets even worse when a "friend" introduces him to heroin. The Flaming Teen-Age was originally released as Twice Convicted and named for a play about the real-life travails of Fred Garland; the framing story of the teenage alcoholic was later added in order to sell the picture as a juvenile delinquency epic. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cathy Downs
    Cathy Downs
  • Paul Kelly
    Paul Kelly
  • Regis Toomey
    Regis Toomey
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