Watch Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer’s The Road to Ruin. For Free. Right Now.

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Saturday nights are perfect for watching cinematic garbage. Old cinematic garbage, in particular. And while directors Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer’s 1934 educational opus “The Road to Ruin” isn’t the worst “scare flick” to come out of the early exploitation scene, it’s definitely a little rough around the edges. However, this morally-minded motion picture does come with a well-polished lesson: If you drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and engage in premarital sex, you will have an abortion and die. That’s just the way it is.

Here’s a synopsis, though it won’t tell you anything you don’t already know:

A young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion.

I told you so. Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer’s “The Road to Ruin” in all its glory has been embedded below. It’s barely an hour long, and provides enough unintentional entertainment to liven any Saturday evening. Unless you’re hanging out with alcoholic, chain-smoking single mothers. They probably won’t think it’s too funny. Otherwise, have a blast.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)