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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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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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It's not that bad a film...though it is terribly dated
23 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The biggest problem with this film isn't the message in my opinion. Despite some people laughing at anti-drug films, this one isn't dreadful like REEFER MADNESS or MARIJUANA and most of the information is reasonably true. The anti-pot messages don't go overboard like the other films but talk about it more as a gateway drug. The main emphasis is on heroin and its effects on the user. Unfortunately, the heroin case they talk about does seem heavily sanitized and perhaps COULD have been more sensationalized more.

The main problem, though, with the film are the production values. The film just looks super-cheap. The square-looking judge's lips are never in synchronization with what he's saying. Also, the acting is a bit awkward and amateurish.

Not a horrible film or one that you'd laugh at, but also one that is terribly dated and incomplete.


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