Blu-ray Release: Test Tube Babies & Guilty Parents

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 13, 2020
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber


Test Tube Babies & Guilty Parents represents the seventh volume in the series Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture, which addresses the prickly problems of parenting.

Test Tube Babies (1948)

In the drama Test Tube Babies (1948), Cathy (Dorothy Duke) and George (William Thomason) seem like the perfect postwar American couple, but a medical deficiency deprives them of the children that will complete their happy home. Facing a future of childless debauchery (represented by an especially raucous adults-only house party, complete with female wrestling), they pay a visit to a fertility specialist, portrayed by deadpan exploitation legend Timothy Farrell, who proposes an unorthodox solution to their problems.

J.D. Kendis’s Guilty Parents (1934) is one of the better-produced incarnations of the good-girl-gone-wrong cautionary tale, highlighted by a game of silhouette strip-tease at the wayward teens’ favorite roadhouse.

Kino Lorber’s Blu-ray edition includes the following special features:
-Audio commentary for Test Tube Babies by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films
-Sex and Romance (1951), a marital education short film
-Theatrical trailer gallery

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.