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The Terrible Truth (1951)

| Drama, Short
A Juvenile Court judge is at a loss to understand why so many of America's youths are marijuana addicts, so he decides to investigate on his own. He visits Phyllis, a high school senior and... See full summary »
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William B. McKesson ...
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A Juvenile Court judge is at a loss to understand why so many of America's youths are marijuana addicts, so he decides to investigate on his own. He visits Phyllis, a high school senior and former heroin junkie, who tells him about the horrible effects heroin has had on her. She managed to overcome her addiction to marijuana and heroin, but in the process ruined her hair. This leads the judge to the logical conclusion that the drug problem in the U.S. was introduced by the godless Soviet Communists in an effort to "undermine morale" and that the way to stop the drug epidemic was to "use common sense" (an earlier version, apparently, of the Reagan-era "Just Say No!" campaign, and which had pretty much the same effect--i.e., none). Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Judge McKesson went on to become the Los Angeles District Attorney in 1956 - appointed to the post after the sudden death of his predecessor. He campaigned unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Lt. Governor of California in 1962 and resigned as D.A. in 1964. See more »

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Judge McKesson narrates the film and in a couple scenes seems to be talking in person on camera, but the words heard and his lip movements are not at all in sync throughout both scenes. See more »

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Phyllis Howard: I guess I knew about reefer - that's marijuana - ever since junior high. Some of the boys smoke them, the ones who couldn't get along, who were afraid of everything. You know, the ones with no backbone.
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Warning Potheads
17 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Terrible Truth, The (1951)

** (out of 4)

Short "warning" film takes place in Los Angeles where a Juvenile Court judge wonders why so many youths are smoking pot. He goes to a former junkies house where he learns why she went from pot to heroin. If you've seen REEFER MADNESS, COCAINE FIENDS or any other "message" movie then you know what to expect. You get a lot of misinformation and some outrageously dumb dialogue talking about the dangers of marijuana. It always amazes me at how many lies these filmmakers would pump into the movies just to sell their thoughts on people. I'm sure films like these did a lot of damage back in the day but at least they provide a few laughs when viewed today.


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