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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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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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For His Son was one of D. W. Griffith's early effective drama shorts
3 August 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This was one of D. W. Griffith's early Biograph shorts that he made before becoming famous (or infamous) for The Birth of a Nation. In this one, a young man's father, in order to provide his son plenty of money, invents a drink called "Dopakoke" to sell at various drinking fountains in drug stores. Guess why it's called that particular name. Anyway, the secretary is among the ones that grows addicted to the drink and the son is not too far behind...Quite an effective social drama for the soon-to-be-important director even today and a not-so-subtle attack on what was once in the actual supplies of Coca-Cola during that drink's first years of success. So on that note, For His Son is worth seeing.


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