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The Pace That Kills (1935)

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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Nick - The Pusher
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Fanny (as Sheila Manners)
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Eddie Bradford
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Dorothy Farley
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Dan - the Detective - Dorothy's Boyfriend (as Chas. Delaney)
Eddie Phillips ...
Manager of Dead Rat Club
Frank Shannon ...
Mr. Farley
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Madame / Henchwoman (as Gaby Fay)
Maury Peck ...
Master of Ceremonies
Nona Lee ...
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Gay Sheridan ...
Dorothy's Friend
Frank Collins ...
Singing Waiter
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Storyline

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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Crazed dope fiends on a narcotic rampage! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

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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Even though the original title was "The Cocaine Fiends" , and cocaine is the main plot point, no one is ever actually shown doing the drug on screen (every time someone goes for a line, the film cuts to a shot of the dealer watching with glee that he has a new customer/victim). See more »

Quotes

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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Performed by Nona Lee
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Bland Film - Lots of Talk
6 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WOWSERS! You will to snort some cocaine to stay wake to watch this bland, very talky film. Your other choices: go to sleep, find another movie that better than this (most any other film will do) or find something else to do. This is just a terrible film - not because it's anti-drugs, but because it's just a boring story.

She has a headache, he gives her some of his "headache medicine", her head feels better and not long after that she is hooked on the cocaine and the man that gave it to her. Soon her brother starts getting hooked on it. Ya know, the usual stuff we see in these types of film but this film must the the lamest on the subject.

Do yourself a favor, find another film or use this one to fall asleep by... you aren't missing anything.

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