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Appears in Drive-In Movie Posters

The image at right appears in the book we published as shown above. While we once owned this item, we did not auction it through (which is why no price or date is listed) nor do we have it available for purchase.

The Devil's Sleep, the 1949 W. Merle Connell drug crime exploitation thriller ("Today's moral menace!.. Daring expose of the devil drug traffic in 'Bennies', 'Goofies' and 'Phenos' as it really exists"; "With a brilliant cast"; about the head of an illegal drug ring using a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket) starring Lita Grey Chaplin (she was a child actress working for Charlie Chaplin at age 12; by 16, she was pregnant by him, and he married her, and had two children before they divorced three years later, with her receiving the largest divorce settlement to that time; she married three more times, but she appeared in two movies as "Lita Grey Chaplin", trading off her ex-husband's famous name; she retired in the 1930s, but returned in this odd movie in 1951, playing a lady judge exposing the dangers of amphetamines and sleeping pills; she retired again and worked as a store clerk in Robinson's Department Store in Beverly Hills in the 1970s and 1980s, and passed away in 1995), John Mitchum, William Thomason, Tracy Lynne, George Eiferman (billed as "and introducing George Eiferman [Mr. America]") and Timothy Farrell. Note that the origins of this movie are shrouded in mystery! It was made in 1949 and apparently was first released as "The Devil's Sleep", but was sold to roadshow exhibitors, and at least some of them showed the movie as "Hopped-Up", and we don't really know much more about the movie's origin than this! The movie still exists and it has been distributed under the "Devil's Sleep" title, and we have auctioned a two-color one-sheet with the "Devil's Sleep" title from Screen Classics, which sounds like it could well be a re-release, and we have only had a local theater 40x60 with the "Hopped-Up" title. If anyone knows more about this movie, please e-mail us and we will post it here. Note that Timothy Farrell is completely forgotten today, but he had a fascinating life. He worked for 26 years for the Los Angeles County Marshal's Office, and was a movie actor at the same time! He mostly worked on low budget movies, including several for Ed Wood, although he did play a bailiff in the 1954 "A Star is Born", which was the ultimate typecasting, because he himself had been a bailiff, but he eventually rose to be the County Marshal. But in 1975, he was convicted of a felony (using deputies for political activities), and he was fired. He lived for another 14 years before dying of a heart attack. His life should be made into a movie, no doubt with Johnny Depp in the starring role!
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