Daring Darleen Candlewick

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College Confidential (1960) was a Drama Film directed by Albert Zugsmith and produced by Albert Zugsmith.

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Betty Duquesne: Steve, wouldn't you say that a man who thinks, should also be able to understand and forgive?
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: You know, I was lucky. There are a lot of scientists engaged in projects designed to destroy ignorance. And some group, through ignorance or fear or bigotry or whatever, is going to hound these men, to inflame the passions of the mob, until - till the people attack the very men who represent knowledge. A lot of them won't have this lucky little accident that I was just saved by. Then what'll happen to us? Well, I'll see ya.
[Steve walks off; Betty follows him]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Heh heh.
[indicating the other reporters]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: You'll never get a telephone.
Betty Duquesne: I know. But then I suppose if I don't come up with a better story than the others, it's just gonna cost me my job.
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: And you're depending on me for another story?
Betty Duquesne: Why not?
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Hm. You think you should?
Betty Duquesne: Well, now, that's what I aim to find out.


Steve 'Mac' Macinter: My job and reputation are gone. Two years' work, destroyed. But that can't compare in importance with what you've just witnessed - the triumph of *stupidity* over reason. Let me tell you the deep secret about my past. Some years ago I began a sociological study of skid row. To do a study of this sort involving human beings, gaining their confidence is absolutely necessary. These men drank. So I drank with them, for months. And I became an alcoholic. Professor Addison here had me dried out. Before I joined this faculty I had begun work on another sociological study, one that I didn't think would be as dangerous to me.
[chuckles]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: I thought it important to know what our educated young people, the ones we refer to as our future leaders, thought about a world that's been at war since 1914. I thought it important to know what neglected moral values - square concepts that some hipsters don't care to dig - were considered worth saving. And there were other things I wanted to know to pass along to anyone concerned with the world we live in. I planned the sociological questionnaire to cover youth, and the push-button civilization in which he lives. All the interrelated areas of contemporary society: home, education, military service, politics... and sex. Yes, my questionnaire had twenty pages. Two of them were devoted to sex mores. Shouldn't we *know* the attitude of young people towards sex? When we, presumably mature adults, no longer describe a woman as lovely, beautiful, and gracious, but as 36-24-36? When as patrons of the arts we treasure our collections of nude calendar photos? Our philosophers are warning us something is seriously wrong with the morality of our society. Would you say they're mistaken? *No.* No, because that would force you to *think*, to at least defend a position. No, the horrible things is, you're not even listening to them.
[pauses]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Now, some of you were shocked by my questions on sex but are you also shocked that a foreign sociologist has described Americans as knowing everything about sex and nothing about love? Has love, like other ethical nobilities, gone out of style? Were my questions on sex dirty? Or is it the adult mind that looks for dirt? Why do we search for dirt? Why are we so determined to find dirt? As if determined to debase our minds and spirit, to the end and at last we'll succeed in splitting apart behavior and morality, science and religion, so that both will wither and we'll be left with nothing but the cheapest, smuttiest, least ennobling aspects of sex. Once the worm begins to gnaw on ethical values, the character of a good society changes. Force may become an instrument of repression against its own citizens, and individual liberties may be outlawed. If that happens you'll be forbidden to think creatively about anything, you'll be stupefied dull till you're incapable of thought, reason, or judgment. I think about such things. And if you object to my thinking, well then, that is the crime for which I should be held. I plead guilty to asking questions about life, and living, which naturally involve sex.
[pauses, removes glasses]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Now I'm going to shock you good people even more than before. I'm going to reveal the source books of my questions. First of all, the Bible itself.


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In the film, Walter Winchell describes Sally Blake as a "Mamie Van Doren-type." Sally is played by Mamie Van Doren.
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