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Memorandum No. 56: Watch Sex Hygiene, the movie wherein John Ford directed Superman and Batman

“Most men know less about their own bodies than they do about their automobiles.”

John Ford, who made Stagecoach and The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and who won the Academy Award for Best Director four times – not for any of the first-rate pictures I’ve just named – also made a sex-ed film for G.I.s in 1942, the same year he collected his third Best Director Oscar for How Green Was My Valley.

Okay, maybe that’s only funny to me. Anyway, if you think it’s worth 26 minutes of your life to learn how not to catch syphilis from – in the charming patois of Sex Hygiene – “a contaminated woman,” you can watch this not-so-casually misogynistic but highly informative short. Even if you’re already fully briefed on how to protect yourself from the predatory vaginas of dirty, dirty whores, this film has at least two other things to recommend it.

1) It features the greatest reaction shots ever captured on film.

2) Eisenhower-era TV Superman George Reeves and Robert Lowery, who played Batman in the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, appear together briefly in an early scene. So if you want a preview of what next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be like, well… it will probably be like this, at least in hair-gel terms.

“I think it made its point and helped a lot of young kids,” Ford told Peter Bogdanovich, reflecting on Sex Hygiene years later. “I looked at it and threw up.”

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No Art Required

The Paper of Record’s DeNeen L. Brown on R. Kelly’s acquittal on 14 counts of various kiddie-porn-related charges in Chicago:

“His work has pushed the limits of what was tasteful and what was comical, moving from ballads to farce. His multi-episode ‘Trapped in the Closet’ sex opera has logged millions of hits on YouTube. Watching it, you know it is not high art, but the song and the story pull you in anyway — with the feeling that you are watching people you know, in stories you know intimately.”

I don’t have anything to say about this — I haven’t followed the case, except to the extent that Dave Chapelle got some good satirical mileage out of it. But Kelly, as always, has plenty to say for himself.