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Assassin of Youth -- 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.


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Charles A. Browne (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Luana Walters ... Joan Barry
Arthur Gardner ... Art Brighton
Dorothy Short ... Marjorie 'Marge' Barry

Earl Dwire ... Henry 'Pop' Brady
Fern Emmett ... Henrietta Frisbee
Henry Roquemore ... Judge George Herbert

Fay McKenzie ... Linda Clayton

Michael Owen ... Jack Howard
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Mary Barry
Hudson Faucett ... Otto (as Hudson Faussett)
Gay Sheridan ... Edith
Edwin Johnson ... Charlie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Hearn ... Doctor (uncredited)

Jack Ingram ... Dope-Pusher (uncredited)
Eva McKenzie ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Elmer Clifton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles A. Browne  screenplay
Elmer Clifton  story and screenplay
Leo J. McCarthy  story

Produced by
Charles A. Browne .... associate producer
Leo J. McCarthy .... producer
Elmer Clifton .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Linden 
Film Editing by
Rose Loewinger 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... recording director
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Marihuana" - USA (review title)
"The Marijuana Menace" - USA (DVD title)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)
Canada:14A (Ontario)

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The earlier title, "Marihuana" was changed to avoid confusion with the earlier, similar anti-drug pic Marihuana (1936/I).See more »
Revealing mistakes: There are jump cuts in the rear-projection shots of a car sequence.See more »
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Referenced in Grass (1999)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An exploitative glimpse into the past..., 11 July 2001
Author: Bard-8 from San Francisco

One does not view poverty row pictures and road show exploitation flicks with the expectation of witnessing fine acting, directing or writing--after all, that's the charm. The relative inexperience or stiffness of performances allows the modern movie-goer to concentrate on the dated situations and propaganda--both of which offer a clearer window to the cultural mores of the era than acknowledged works of classic cinema: pop culture has always been more visceral than what we choose to elevate as high art. This film is enjoyable on several levels--as a societal time machine, a "campy" exploitation flick, and even as a basic B movie romance/courtroom drama! Quirky details abound--the town gossip bears a striking resemblance in face and deed to Margaret Hamilton's "Miss Gulch", for example, though she rides a scooter instead of a bicycle/broom! And of course, the drug references to insanity-inducing marijuana go a long way in explaining why the tobacco industry has had such a long stranglehold on American lungs... Watch "Assassin of Youth"--you'll triple your entertainment without the use of mood enhancers!

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