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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.

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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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Cast

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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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
The origins of this film have been the subject of controversy. Officially, this film is not in the copyrighted registry, but the opening card of Reefer Madness reads: Formerly "Tell Your Children" - An G and H Production - Copyrighted (though without a copyright date). Some say it was produced by a church group, in the wake of the Victor Licata 1933 murder case. Dwain Esper sued a distribution company in the 1960s claiming that he had produced the film for the US Army, and that he was the legal copyright owner, but he lost the case.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the conversation between Dr Carrol and the man from the FBI, there is mention of a case involving a young woman found in the company of five men. The FBI man introduces the case as being from Michigan, then later says that it took place in West Virginia.See more »
Quotes:
Mae:What time is it?
Jack:Time to get up and give this place the goin' over. It looks like the marines have landed.
Mae:Well, that bunch last night was high enough to take over the marines and the navy!
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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
That's pretty swell..., 25 January 2002
Author: saugoof from Melbourne, Australia

I doubt that anyone still takes this movie seriously these days but it's funny seeing how people went paranoid about pot in the 30's. There are lots of wildly exaggerated or plain wrong comments and accusations in it. Best among them are that pot is more dangerous than Heroin, it will make you violent and eventually incurably insane.

The film details how smoking pot changes the lives of a couple of all-american teenagers. In fact, they're so clean cut, nice to their parents and just plain perfect that you're actually happy when their lives turn bad. On the way there we see some really funny overacting and the way that middle America thought people behaved after smoking pot. A single puff immediately has you in hysterics, after a couple of minutes it's down to pre-marital sex (hey, that's enough to get me hooked!), followed by a violent paranoia and finally of course, insanity.

The film is fairly standard propaganda stuff and follows the three important propaganda ingredients to a T. It's badly acted, exaggerated in hammering home a couple of points and frightening the uninformed about the fact that no one is safe from this great danger. It is however fairly lengthy for a propaganda movie and it's not as ridiculous as I expected. Although there are some really funny scenes that rightly make this a classic.

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