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For His Son (1912)

 -  Short | Drama  -  22 January 1912 (USA)
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A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Charles Hill Mailes ...
The Father, a Physician
Charles West ...
The Son
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The Son's Fiancée
Dorothy Bernard ...
The Secretary
Alfred Paget ...
Office Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bechtel ...
In Office
Christy Cabanne ...
One of the Son's Friends / At Soda Fountain (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Edward Dillon ...
At Soda Fountain
Edna Foster ...
At Soda Fountain
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At Soda Fountain
Dell Henderson ...
In Office
Grace Henderson ...
The Landlady
Harry Hyde ...
One of the Son's Friends
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
At Soda Fountain
Gus Pixley ...
At Soda Fountain
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A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The drink is a success, but the son becomes addicted to it, much to his father's regret. Loosely based on the allegations that the Coca-Cola company and other soft drink manufacturers laced their soda with dope. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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DW takes a swing at a corporate giant.
15 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Coca Cola may not "have taught the world to sing" by 1912 but it's given a full frontal assault in this cautionary tale about misplaced parenting and soft drink addiction.

A doctor can't do enough for his spendthrift near do well son. The kid likes to party hearty and since it's all about keeping his son happy he creates an addictive soda pop for the ages, Dopokoke. The pop is provided by a poisonous cocaine additive and it soon becomes the rage. The doctor now has enough cash to keep his son spoiled and happy but he and his fellow swells soon fall under the addictive and destructive power of the inebriate at the local soda fountain. Hooking up with dad's secretary the son and she embark on a road to ruin. When the old man realizes what he has done (to his son, the public be damned) it is too late.

For His Son moves fast from invention to annihilation but not before Griffith presents us with well defined characters both "respectable" and drug addled. The father comes across as a community pillar but is more than willing to sacrifice strangers to keep his son in green. Son and secretary's down hill spiral is graphic for its time and I'm sure gave many a parent second thoughts about buying the pause that refreshes for their kids with this kind of aftertaste.

A touch hysterical in its pronouncements For His Son is a decent enough cautionary tale for its time as well as a document that flies in the face of one of the world's biggest corporations who has spent a century denying and evading the fact that its early success worked on the same principle as the street level drug dealer: get the customer hooked. A century later both enterprises continue to flourish.


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