No Greater Sin

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The horror of syphilis is explored in this turgid story. Ames is a health commissioner out to clean up his town and the legion of prostitutes spreading the dread disease. Walters is the reporter who helps him investigate the problem. A subplot involves Taggart as a naive young man who contracts the disease and gives it to his pregnant wife, Blake. When...read more

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The horror of syphilis is explored in this turgid story. Ames is a health commissioner out to clean up his town and the legion of prostitutes spreading the dread disease. Walters is the reporter who helps him investigate the problem. A subplot involves Taggart as a naive young man who

contracts the disease and gives it to his pregnant wife, Blake. When a quack doctor takes his money but fails to cure him, Taggart comes back and accidentally kills the man in a fight. His lawyer manages to get Taggart to confess his reasons for killing the doctor and Taggart's name is cleared.

Meanwhile Ames and Walters have predictably fallen in love. The town council, worried about local image, finally consents to giving Ames the money he needs to clean up the town. The story reads well for a 1940s film, but the production is laughably bad. The direction is amateur quality as is the

often fuzzy photography. NO GREATER SIN has not aged well and plays as high camp in the post-sexual revolution era. Its melodramatic handling and naively serious feeling may have served as a warning to its original audiences but it is unintentionally funny by modern standards.

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