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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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Lawrence Meade (original story)
Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)
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1938 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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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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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66 min | France:63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Inspired by the case of Victor Licata, who killed his father, mother, two brothers, and a sister with an ax in Tampa, Florida on October 16, 1933, allegedly while under the influence of marijuana. Declared unfit to stand trial for reasons of insanity, subsequent psychiatric examination at the Florida State Mental Hospital determined that Licata suffered from schizophrenia with homicidal tendencies. The Licata case was used to propagandize for the passage of the federal Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that effectively outlawed legal sales of the "demon weed".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the close-up of Mary lying dead on the couch, a shadow of the camera's barn doors falls on the arm rest just above her head.See more »
Dr. Carroll:I'm going to ask you a straightforward question: isn't it true that you have, perhaps unwillingly, acquired a certain habit through association with certain undesirable people?See more »
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49 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
It's 10 o'clock. Do you know why your children are cackling insanely?, 15 March 2007
Author: JoshSpurling from Greenfield, IN USA

"Reefer Madness" (originally "Tell Your Children") was created to teach parents that it's never too early to scare the holy crap out of your kids. Through this film we learn that the soul-destroying effects of Marihuana (Mike Nelson explains in the commentary that this film was made before the invention of the letter J) far surpass those of cocaine or heroin. We see firsthand that even teens who can quote Shakespeare like nobody's business cannot escape its evils.

Here are some of the symptoms of casual Marihuana use:

- laughing maniacally while running people down in the street

- playing the piano too fast

- having sexual relations with people you don't really like that much

- accidentally shooting people you do like pretty well

- having no recollection of being framed for murder

If your child has experienced any of these symptoms, he or she is a Marihuana addict. The solution is simple: force them to watch "Reefer Madness" because if we don't heed its warning, "Reefer Madness 2" will be coming to a theater near you or you... OR YOU!

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