To put it simply the first half of "Sex Madness" as we meet the various people in the little stories is pure propaganda, plain a simple.It's actually the second half of "Sex Madness" which is sort of bearable as we follow Millicent who has syphilis and is being treated by a doctor in the hope he can cure her before she marries her fiancee back home.We learn all about how she was duped into having sex and forced to become a showgirl whilst also learning that at the time there were many fake doctors raking in money for phoney treatments.
The trouble is that whilst it has these moments which do a semi reasonable job of highlighting how syphilis can destroy people the way it is presented is far too often seriously poor.
And it's poor because not only is "Sex Madness" full of absolutely dire over acting but the editing job looks like it's been done with an axe.
As such there is no style to "Sex Madness" and it is why you find it hard not to laugh especially when you have an actor delivering some patronising line of dialogue in a grave voice whilst over gesticulating with their arms.
What this all boils down to is that "Sex Madness" whilst once a serious health warning movie is now actually a little amusing.
Don't be fooled by the title as whilst "Sex Madness" is about sex it is not a movie full of sex scenes and nudity.
Nope "Sex Madness" is basically a 1930s public health warning all about "social diseases" such as syphilis and gonorrhoea and how irresponsible youthful behaviour and seedy burlesque shows is the cause of it spreading.
You may laugh and to be honest watching "Sex Madness" now it is at times hard not to laugh as the puritanical views come across as being porpaganderish and exploitational, but you have to remember this is a product of a bygone era and compared to other movies from the era is almost liberal.
Even taking into account the age and the way society has evolved it has to be said that "Sex Madness" is not good, heavy editing and over dramatic acting blight it.
So as already mentioned "Sex Madness" is basically a public health warning movie and so technically doesn't have a main storyline, instead showing us various mini stories which relate to "social diseases".