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Wartime Programming at the Rio Grindhouse

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Rio Theatre

Exploitation and schlock played the Rio in July 1947.

“Marihuana Weed with Roots in Hell” is a now ludicrous looking anti-drug classic directed by exploitation pioneer Dwain Esper.

Internet Movie Database describes the very strange
“The Lash of the Penitentes” as “actual footage of Penitentes, a sect of Catholic religious fanatics
who engage in self-flagellation
combined with new footage of a murder”.

Both of these films were made in 1936, already over ten years old when they played the Rio, and continued to play adult and mainstream theaters well into the 1960’s, their main attribute being ample female nudity, that especially being the case with “Marihuana”.

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