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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 ...
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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Why Do You Think They Call it "Dopokoke"?
12 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Good physician Charles Hill Mailes is always generous with only son Charles West; but, the latter spends his father's money like it's going out of style. In order to keep his son's lifestyle luxurious, Mr. Hill Mailes invents Dopokoke "For His Son". Dopokoke is a cocaine-laced soft drink. With the drug included, Dopokoke is a smashing success! Robert Harron mans a busy Dopokoke fountain, where Mr. West and his friends enjoy quite a few pops. West's fiancée wards off the stuff, but secretary Dorothy Bernard succumbs. Soon, there are junkies among the cast…

This is a relatively highly entertaining early D.W. Griffith film, as it deals with the cocaine addiction. It was, likely, a topical film subject for Griffith; in the past, the drug was legal; and, it was once rumored to have been included among Coca-Cola's "secret ingredients." Otherwise, the film is a morality play - note that the father is aware of the danger in Dopokoke; and, he uses the drug for selfish reasons, which come back to haunt him. Ms. Bernard gives the stand-out performance, as the father's secretary.

***** For His Son (1/22/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Charles Hill Mailes, Charles West, Dorothy Bernard, Robert Harron


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