Taboo Tales (2013) – By Jason S. Lockard

In the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Filmmakers made films warning youth of bad things, such as drugs, booze, certain music and premarital sex. Mill Creek Entertainment had packaged together some of these Taboo Tales into a three DVD collection. Let’s take a look at what is included in this collection.

Our Rating System:

****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An Ok way to spend an evening.
*=You haven’t missed anything.

Disk One:

Reefer Madness (1936) This 1930’s cult classic shows, how marijuana is "Public Enemy #1". When average teenagers become addicts turning into killers and ‘hussies’. **

Delinquent Daughters (1944) Neglected teens, lacking any parental attention, fall in with a bad crowd and end up drinking, partying and in crime. **

The Cocaine Fiends (1936) A small town girl and her brother are lured to the big city by drug-pushers. They turn into cocaine addicts. **

Chained for Life (1951) Siamese twins Vivian and Dorothy Hamilton have two very different personalities. One is a desperate romantic, the other a cold-blooded killer. **

Disk Two:

The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) The townspeople of Tiny Town saddle up their Shetland ponies to take a stand against an evil gunslinger. **

The Wild and Wicked (1956) An innocent young girl comes to California with dreams of being a star. Her career as a model quickly turns into a compromising job in a prostitution racket. **

Test Tube Babies (1948) A happily married couple has been trying to have a baby with no luck. Discovering the husband is sterile, their family doctor suggests that they think about artificial insemination, which at the time was considered a scandalous choice. **

Mad Youth (1940) A daughter leaves home to stay with a recently-married friend, the two young girls become captives, forced into prostitution. **

Disk Three:

The Marijuana Menace (1937) A group of high school students have taken up smoking marijuana, leading them down a path of hedonistic activities. **

Sex Madness (1938) A small-town beauty queen with big dreams faces a serious problem. She has a venereal disease. **

Gambling with Souls (1936) A young housewife with an eye for the finer things in life turns to gambling. She is forced into prostitution to pay off her losses. **

She Shoulda’ Said “No”! (1940) A young chorus girl loses a lot in her life when she meets a drug pusher and starts selling marijuana to earn extra cash. After her arrest, a cop offers her a dangerous chance at redemption. **

In the final analysis this collection is more a historical collection! These are movies that are cautionary tales more or less. They are kind of funny in a way, but don’t go in thinking this are the 3 Stooges or Laurel and Hardy comedies, you’ll be disappointed!

With this Mill Creek box sets you get so much bang for your buck. So if this sounds like a collection of films you’d like to add to your collection. Mill Creek is the only place to get it! I highly recommend you head on over to or your local DVD store and pick up a copy today!

Moral Rating: Mild Violence, sexual situations and drug use
Audience: Teens and adults
Genre: drama, horror
Length: Almost 17 hours
Released: 2013
Our Rating: C