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The Pace That Kills (1935)

 -  Drama  -  December 1935 (USA)
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Drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends."

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lois January ...
Jane Bradford aka Lil
Noel Madison ...
Nick - The Pusher
Sheila Bromley ...
Fanny (as Sheila Manners)
Dean Benton ...
Eddie Bradford
Lois Lindsay ...
Dorothy Farley
Charles Delaney ...
Dan - the Detective - Dorothy's Boyfriend (as Chas. Delaney)
Eddie Phillips ...
Manager of Dead Rat Club
Frank Shannon ...
Mr. Farley
Fay Holden ...
Madame / Henchwoman (as Gaby Fay)
Maury Peck ...
Master of Ceremonies
Nona Lee ...
Band Vocalist
Gay Sheridan ...
Dorothy's Friend
Frank Collins ...
Singing Waiter
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Small town girl Jane Bradford falls for Nick, a guy from the big city who offers her the opportunity to get away from her small town life. He also offers her "headache powder", she not knowing that it's cocaine and that Nick is a drug pusher. By the time they get to the city, she's hooked on her new medicine. Jane's brother, Eddie, goes to the city to look for his sister, who has not kept in touch with her family. Eddie gets a job as a carhop at a drive-in and is befriended by a drive-in's waitress named Fanny. Fanny is one of Nick's customers, and Fanny soon gets Eddie hooked on the headache powder. Due to this vice, Eddie and Fanny's life soon goes downhill. They're both fired from their jobs and are unable to find other work in their drugged out state. On the periphery of both Eddie and Jane's life is Dorothy Farley, a customer at the drive-in. Dorothy, dating Dan, comes from a wealthy family and she throws her money around easily. She's willing to assist financially those in need.... Written by Huggo

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The white dust from hell! See more »

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The Cocaine Fiends  »

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When Fanny and Eddie go to the club, Fanny points out "Shirley Claire, the famous actress" and the shot is followed by two stock footage inserts from another film, showing a young man talking to a pretty young woman while seated at a table. This footage is actually from the original The Pace That Kills (1928), and the actress shown was the one who played the original Fanny. So essentially, in this scene, Fanny points to herself. See more »

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Fanny: Tonight I'm gonna take you on a sleigh ride with some snow birds.
Eddie: Sleigh ride? Snow birds? In summer?
Fanny: Gee, you ARE dumb!
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Opening statement: Among the many evils against which society struggles, one of the most vicious is the traffic in dope . . in every community where the menace developes all the forces which society can mobilize, including social agencies, doctors, law enforcement officials and government band together to stamp it out . . . . . . Without such activity the dope evil would run rampant. Yet it has long been recognized that one other powerful force is necessary before the struggle can be completely successful. That force is an aroused and educated public awareness. It is in the hope of aiding in developing such awareness that this picture has been produced. What happens to Jane Bradford may happen to anyone. There will always be "Jane Bradfords" until you, Mr. Citizen, co-operate with the forces now fighting the dope evil to forever stamp it out in our land. --The Management. See more »

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Chi Chi Mangalay
Written and Performed by Frank Collins
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Beware bad film quality!
4 July 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

If you've seen "Reefer Madness", you can skip "Cocaine Fiends/Pace That Kills". The same overblown scare tactics used in "Reefer Madness" are tried again here, but to limited success. At least "Madness" showed what marijuana looked like; cocaine is mentioned and abused but never actually shown. The same old plot of "good kids turned bad by dope" is re-hashed, but not as directly as in other films, so it gets talky when it shouldn't. The first taste of a drug apparently turns you into a monstrous irresponsible waste of humanity, or a "hop head" as the main character laments. Besides exaggerating consequences to the nth degree, "Fiends" has editing that makes you seasick. Characters simply vanish between film splices and cars appear out of nowhere. It's not funny, it's annoying. Although I'm not in favor of drug use at all, it's fun to see something subvert straightlaced black-and-white America. Anarchists will love this movie, but everyone else will find it rather dull.


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