3.8/10
442
21 user 13 critic

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."

Director:

(as Wm. A. O'Connor)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sex Madness (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

Philanthropist Paul Lorenz is one of the more public faces in the fight against behavior that spreads the many "social diseases", such as syphilis and gonorrhea. An example of such behavior... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigali
Marihuana I (1936)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A young girl slowly becomes a dope pusher.

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Harley Wood, Hugh McArthur, Pat Carlyle
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A happily married couple has been trying to have a baby with no luck. They discover that the husband is sterile. Their family doctor suggests that they think about artificial insemination, ... See full summary »

Director: W. Merle Connell
Stars: Dorothy Duke, William Thomason, Timothy Farrell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends.

Director: Elmer Clifton
Stars: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Dorothy Short
Wild Weed (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A chorus girl's career is ruined and her brother is driven to suicide when she starts smoking marijuana.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Lila Leeds, Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot
Maniac (1934)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Bill Woods, Horace B. Carpenter, Ted Edwards
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion.

Directors: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer
Stars: Helen Foster, Nell O'Day, Glen Boles
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Young girls are cheated in rigged gambling games and then forced into prostitution to pay off their debts.

Director: Elmer Clifton
Stars: Martha Chapin, Wheeler Oakman, Bryant Washburn
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

A town is shocked when a high school girl commits suicide. A reporter and a cop team up to investigate and find out exactly what is going on among the youth of the town.

Director: Albert Herman
Stars: June Carlson, Fifi D'Orsay, Teala Loring
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

city | drugs | cocaine | small town | opium | See All (36) »

Taglines:

Warning! Adults only! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cocaine Fiends  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The nightclub bill for the cover charge, six drinks and the tax (at only 3%) comes to $9.79. That would equate to $172.25 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Want Is You
(uncredited)
Performed by Nona Lee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is much better than other drug addiction tales of its time...
21 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... and I think people are too quick to look at a camp classic like "Reefer Madness" that shows people smoking one joint and becoming, simultaneously, great piano players, sex fiends, and trigger happy, all while maniacally laughing and think that this film is like that one. You'd be wrong.

Alternatively titled "Cocaine Fiends", this is pretty realistic in showing the effects of cocaine on people and how the addiction is slow and subtle, creeping up on you until you are hooked. The bad guy is Nick, who, on the run from the police, ends up in a diner and gives the girl running it some "headache powders" for her headaches. He woos her with promises of marriage, and gets her to come to the big city with him. Today this all looks pretty obvious, but pre WWII, most people lived in rural environments and trusted one another. Needless to say, the girl gets none of her promises kept once she gets to the city, and is so addicted to cocaine she simply just can't leave.

In the meantime her brother is looking for her after she basically disappears with no letters back home, but he runs into a partying crowd and ends up addicted too.

There are the cheap rented rooms, women being driven to the oldest profession to survive, the flop houses where addicts get their fix and then recover, implied kidnapping and forced prostitution, and strangely enough a rich girl who keeps turning up in scenes who winds up having to do with a bigger story - the search for a "Mister Big" who is directing Nick and head of the drug and prostitution rackets. The story unwinds in an interesting and even pretty well acted way given I had never heard of any of the players. It must have been pretty hard dodging the censors and yet having a realistic story. Maybe that's why a rather contrived happy ending is tacked on to the end, although it seems out of place in the midst of all of the tragedy.

I'd recommend it. Just realize that I don't know of any good quality copies in circulation and the film "skips" so at times pieces of conversation are lost.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?