Story Of The D.E. 733

2533. STORY OF THE D.E. 733 (1945-USA). With KEEFE BRASSELLE. During World War I, more men were said to have died from venereal disease than from battle wounds. As a result, the U.S. Military was determined to stop this dreadful situation from recurring during the second World War. To warn G.l.s about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, educationalÑand highly explicitÑtraining films such as this one were produced for showing only to the troops. As this robust tale begins, the ruins of U.S. Navy ship D.E. 733 arrive in port. The small vessel has been torpedoed, and the crew is crippled and bandaged. The sad saga of the 733 unfolds in an account to the U.S. Navy Commandant from the 733’s Commander MacGregor. The remorseful officer reports that the troubles all began as the crew was about to start a well-earned liberty. Doc Johnson urged the men to take precautions before becoming familiar with the women in port, where the venereal disease rate was unusually high. Only a few of the carefree crew listened to the Doc’s warning, or to the speech that MacGregor grudgingly read them from the rule book regarding sexual diseases. So, after intimacies with women in port, nine crew men came down with serious infections. When the 733 was attacked by an enemy submarine a few days later, the crew was too sick to carry out its responsibilities. Training films such as this one were potent teaching tools for a naive military population. Today, they serve as fascinating sidelights in the annals of World War II. 50 minutes. Explicit Dramatic Training Film