As the opening scroll tells us, Narcotic was "presented in the hope that the public may become aware of the terrific struggle to rid the world of drug addiction." The movie itself is a ... See full summary »

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

$0.00 with Prime Video

MORE WAYS
TO WATCH:

See all

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sex Madness (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 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
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
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
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

(1948, aka CONFORM OR DIE) A poorly edited, yet intriguing documentary about Hitler and Mussolini. There are some interesting home movies of Eva Braun and her scantily-clad girlfriends ... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: George Bryan, Phillip Stahl, Eva Braun
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends."

Director: William A. O'Connor
Stars: Lois January, Noel Madison, Sheila Bromley
Drama
    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
Wild Weed (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A young newlywed couple try to decide whether to live the high life or have their child.

Director: Dwain Esper
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Thurston Knudson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Dwain Esper, James P. Hogan
Stars: Stuart James, Victoria Vinton, George LeMaire
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A "Peeping Tom" likes to look through windows at women undressing. We see him as he sneaks a peek at two "subjects". His first one, a young woman who apparently has a major lingerie fetish,... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Elaine Barrie, Trixie Friganza, Hal Richardson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Cording ...
Joan Dix ...
Patricia Farley ...
Mae
...
Lena (as Jean Lacey)
J. Stuart Blackton Jr. ...
Gee Wu
Paul Panzer ...
Cashier
Miami Alvarez ...
Drug addict
Charles Bennett ...
Hand wrestler
Josef Swickard ...
Federal narcotics agent
Edit

Storyline

As the opening scroll tells us, Narcotic was "presented in the hope that the public may become aware of the terrific struggle to rid the world of drug addiction." The movie itself is a salacious plunge into a world of sordid pleasures. It tells us the story of Dr. William G. Davies, an infamous snake-oil salesman who started his career as a promising medical student. In the opening sequence he saves an unborn baby by performing a cesarean operation after the mother was killed in an automobile accident. Stock medical footage shows a woman's stomach being sliced open like a ripe watermelon and the baby popping out like a jack-in-a-box. But the allure of opium proves too strong for the doctor to resist. After a single night of relaxation in a Chinatown opium den, Davies becomes a slave to drugs. As his medical practice deteriorates, he shifts his attention to "selling medicine by demonstration." He says to his nurse/fiancee, "I can't see anything wrong if my preparation has merit." ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One night of bliss... A thousand nights of hell..!

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Narcotic Racket  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$8,900 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cameo(Hildegarde Stadie): the film's author appears as an extra, seated in Davies' waiting room. See more »

Goofs

When Davies is persuading his wife that his plan will work, the boom shadow falls the wall behind them. Also, the mike dips briefly into the shot and, and the camera moves forward, the shadow of the accordion-style apparatus used to hoist the mike is also visible, almost distractingly so, on the wall, right behind the wife. See more »

Quotes

Party Girl: Where'd you get the rags, kiddie? Wearing that, you look like the devil's concubine.
Davies' Date: The doctor put up for this.
Party Girl: Oh, I thought I saw him coming from the ten cent store this afternoon.
Davies' Date: If you'd looked any closer, you'd have seen it was only your reflection in the window.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Caffeine Madness (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ladies! Let's not get vulgar, yet.
14 September 2011 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

Another "message" film by Dwain Esper, also written by his wife, Hildegarde Stadie, as was Maniac. It is an example of pre-code Hollywood, and has a place in film history. The message, is, of course, about the evils of drugs.

It is interesting that the Asian in the film was play by a Caucasian, none other than J. Stuart Blackton Jr., who, along with D.W. Griffith, was a pioneer in the development of the motion picture art.

The film also features Jean Lacy, who as Jeanne Gray, had her own talk show on TV from 1949-51. She didn't like the way the young announcer introduced her, "And Nowww, Thhhe . . . Jeeeeannne . . . Graaaay . . . " Thayoung announcer, who wanted his own show, was none other than Johnny Carson.

At least it wasn't as silly as Reefer Madness.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Kino Version Vs. Alpha Video Version? PACman66
Discuss Narcotic (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?