DirectorBamlet Lawrence Price Jr. Release date1955 WriterBamlet Lawrence Price Jr. CastBamlet Lawrence Price Jr., Barbara Marks, Kurt Martell GenresTeen film, Crime Fiction, Black-and-white, Propaganda film Similar moviesHigh School Confidential (1958), Wild Boys of the Road (1933), The Last Alarm (1940), Hells Bloody Devils (1970), Dragstrip Riot (1958)
TaglineA Film That Tells the Shocking Truth About Narcotics and Teen-Age Vice!
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Teenage Devil Dolls (aka One Way Ticket to Hell) is a 1955 American black and white teen crime drama film about a high school graduate whose life spirals out of control when she becomes addicted to heroin.
Pert and pretty high school teen Cassandra Leigh opts for the easy life of a pot-smoking biker in order to avoid the demands of her neurotic career mom. When Cassandra's grades slip and her college plans fall by the wayside, she marries a love-smitten high school swain. The devotion of her husband bores the young bride: she looks up her old thrill-seeking buddies and splits from home.
It isn't long before she's peddling dope on the streets in order to finance her growing list of addictions. A young Mexican takes the wayward girl under his wing and makes her not only his partner-in-crime but his woman.
With the police on their heels, Cassandra and her lover are forced to ditch a stolen car in the desert and take refuge in a shallow cave. With the posse closing in, the Mexican abandons Cassandra and the deputies nab the semi-conscious heroine. The court sends Cassandra to a Federal Narcotics Hospital.
Barbara Marks as Cassandra Leigh
Kurt Martell as Narrator, as Lt. David Jason)
Robert A. Sherry as Lieutenant David Jason
Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr. as Miguel 'Cholo' Martinez
Lucille Price as Cassandra's Mother)
Bamlet Lawrence Price, Sr. as Cassandra's Current Step-Father
William Kendell as Russell Packard
Robert Norman as Johnny Adams
Elaine Lindenbaum as Margo Rossi
Joel Climenhaga as Sven Bergman
Joe Popavich as Al Stutzman
Anthony Gorsline as Jimmy Sanchez
Victor Schwartz as Sergeant Schwartz
The New York Times, December 8, 1955: "... A case history of a young girl's descent into enslavement to the [drug] habit, this obviously serious attempt to illustrate and warn against the disastrous effects of the evil emerges largely as an unimaginative cops-and-robbers-type melodrama. Although its intentions are undoubtedly noble this latter-day parable is crude and without force. Turned out in quasi-documentary style — there is no dialogue, the story is related in "voice-of-doom" fashion by Kurt Martell, the off-screen narrator — [the film] affords its cast little opportunity to develop character ... Barbara Marks only occasionally rises to the emotional levels called for in the role of the disturbed lass who drifts from a broken home to an eventually broken marriage, to marijuana, sleeping pills and heroin."