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Motion Picture Purgatory: SINS OF THE FATHERS (1948)

Thought lost for three decades, the pioneering 1948 “clap opera” SINS OF THE FATHERS is a Montreal-lensed sensation that reportedly caused long lines and fainting on release, as documented by Rick Trembles for his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Though many of the U.S. exploitation films on the topic focused on the plight of the VD-stricken saps whose lives appear ruined in an instant of passion, this one spends more time with a crusading Canadian doc who fights the corrupt politicians standing in the way of thorough and frank sexual education for the local population. Rick sez: