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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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What the....???
3 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow, did this short by D.W. Griffith go off in a bizarre direction that I hadn't anticipated!! The film begins with intertitle cards which indicate that a doctor has a spoiled son who spends money like mad. So, to let his son continue living this lavish life, the doctor decides to create and market a narcotic soft drink--"Dopokoke". It's a huge success, as it being laced with cocaine guarantees repeat business!! By the end, you see that the son and his new wife are hopeless coke fiends!!!

There's no doubt that the idea of this short was spurred on by the fact that Coca-Cola DID contain small amounts of coke until around the turn of the 20th century. However, it was not in huge amounts, was not horribly addictive and did not leave people shells of their former selves because of drinking it! A bit of an exaggeration to say the least.

Despite being a stupid short, it is entertaining!!


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