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Reefer Madness (1936) More at IMDbPro »Tell Your Children (original title)

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Reefer Madness -- 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.
Reefer Madness -- Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace.
Reefer Madness -- Propaganda film that relates the story, as told by High School Principle Dr. Carroll to parents at a PTA meeting, of the scourge of marijuana. The tale revolves around Mae and Jack, accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, who manage to entice the local High School kids to stop by Mae's apartment to smoke reefer. The lives of all who are involved with this menace are inevitably shattered. One youngster becomes so addicted to the killer weed that a judge orders him to be committed for life to a mental hospital! Dr. Carroll advises us to not incur the same tragedy.

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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Meade (original story)
Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1938 (USA) See more »
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SEE youthful marijuana victims - what actually happens! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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No wonder people like drugs so much! This movie makes them look fun! See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dorothy Short ... Mary

Kenneth Craig ... Bill
Lillian Miles ... Blanche

Dave O'Brien ... Ralph
Thelma White ... Mae
Carleton Young ... Jack
Warren McCollum ... Jimmy (as Warren McCullom)
Patricia Royale ... Agnes (as Pat Royale)
Joseph Forte ... Dr. Carroll (as Josef Forte)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Junior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Pete Daley - Dope Pusher (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Juror (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Juror (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Mr. Wayne - Federal Bureau Investigator (uncredited)
Frank LaRue ... Bill's Lawyer (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Judge (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Mrs. Lane (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... The Boss (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Henry Harper (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
William Royle ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Marin Sais ... Mrs. Harper (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Blanche's Lawyer (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ... Pete Daley (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis J. Gasnier  (as Louis Gasnier)
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Meade (original story)

Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)

Paul Franklin (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Samuel Diege .... associate producer (as Sam Diege)
George A. Hirliman .... producer
Dwain Esper .... producer (reissue) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Priestley 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Nazarro .... assistant director (as Ray Nazzaro)
 
Art Department
Louis Diage .... properties (as Louis Diege)
 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound recorder
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Greenhalgh .... chief cameraman
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tell Your Children" - USA (original title)
"Dope Addict" - USA (reissue title)
"Doped Youth" - USA (reissue title)
"Love Madness" - USA (reissue title)
"The Burning Question" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
66 min | France:63 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG (1973)

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Trivia:
According to author John Cocchi in his book "Second Feature" actress Thelma White told him she was loaned in 1935 from RKO to do the film. According to her, the film was written by a religious group and shot in three weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jimmy falls into the Lane's fountain and Mrs. Lane helps him out of it, he says "It's all right, I'm fine," etc., without moving his mouth.See more »
Quotes:
[Blanche introduces Bill to Mae]
Blanche:This is Bill Harper. He's okay.
[Mae travels to other room]
Mae:There's a new one in today.
Jack:Yeah - Bill Harper. He's all right.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Teen (2008)See more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
No wonder people like drugs so much! This movie makes them look fun!, 15 November 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

My 10/10 rating is of course because "Reefer Madness" is so bad that it's good. And boy is it! Meant as an anti-marijuana propaganda film, the whole thing basically makes marijuana look fun. The plot has some wholesome teenagers getting duped into smoking marijuana and turning into lunatics (thereby idiotically implying "One puff and you're hooked!"). The first mistake that the movie makes is calling marijuana a narcotic; anyone should know that marijuana is a weed. Obviously, the law-and-order types have always used this type of propaganda to arrest anyone whom they don't like. But anyway, "Reefer Madness" is unintentionally hilarious. "That '70s Show" once did a spoof of it, portraying Red imagining Eric getting addicted. For the record, there's no such thing as marijuana addiction; people just like smoking it. And who wouldn't want to try some after watching this movie?!

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