D: Ted Post C: Bing Crosby, Frank Converse, Blythe Danner
Il faut cultiver notre jardin! As Margaret Sanger put it, the saint of all those, who are fighting for a woman’s right to control her own body (and the lives of whoever may reside in her): “Birth control, these two words sum up our whole philosophy. It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks, those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” Today, of course, we have free abortion – something like free prostitution – I mean, no one’s forcing them! Wouldn’t it be nice, if there weren’t any bad people, doing and saying bad things, racists and sexists? In Dr. Cook’s garden there are no weeds, he’s seen to that. Little Jimmy, returning to his hometown with a medical degree, hoping to carry on his mentor’s lifework (before discovering what it is) doesn’t believe in weeding out people – except perhaps Dr. Cook. Consequently, the right-thinking Fascist gets the last word. “You see, how it begins?” It was based on a Broadway play that was a disaster at the box-office. But then of course Ira Levin is Jewish, and probably a Republican!
HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION IN THE CINEMA BEFORE 1980 II
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