Damaged Goods (film)

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For the 1919 UK film based on the same play, see Damaged Goods (1919 film). For the 1933 film based on the same play, see Damaged Lives.
Damaged Goods
Damaged Goods (1917 reedition).jpg
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Directed by Tom Ricketts
Written by Eugène Brieux (play Les Avariés)
Harry A. Pollard (adaptation)
Starring Richard Bennett
Adrienne Morrison
Cinematography Thomas B. Middleton
Distributed by Mutual Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 1, 1914 (1914-09-01)
Language Silent
English intertitles

Damaged Goods (1914) is an American silent film directed by Tom Ricketts, starring Richard Bennett. It is based on Eugène Brieux's play Les Avariés (1901) about a young couple who contract syphilis. No print of the film is known to exist, and Damaged Goods is considered to be a lost film.[1] It is believed to have begun the sex hygiene/venereal disease film craze of the 1910s.[2]

The play was adapted into a British silent film Damaged Goods in 1919. A sound film based on the Brieux play, also titled Damaged Goods (1937) was directed by Phil Goldstone, released by Grand National Pictures, and was closer to an exploitation film about premarital sex without mentioning venereal disease.[3]


Herald for Damaged Goods (1914)

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  1. ^ "Damaged Goods". silentera.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Eric Schaefer, Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1999).
  3. ^ IMDB entry for 1937 film

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