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For His Son (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 22 January 1912 (USA)
A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast overview:
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Father, a Physician
Charles West Charles West ... The Son
Blanche Sweet ... The Son's Fiancée
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard ... The Secretary
Alfred Paget ... Office Clerk
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A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The drink is a success, but the son becomes addicted to it, much to his father's regret. Loosely based on the allegations that the Coca-Cola company and other soft drink manufacturers laced their soda with dope. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour son fils See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Why Do You Think They Call it "Dopokoke"?
12 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Good physician Charles Hill Mailes is always generous with only son Charles West; but, the latter spends his father's money like it's going out of style. In order to keep his son's lifestyle luxurious, Mr. Hill Mailes invents Dopokoke "For His Son". Dopokoke is a cocaine-laced soft drink. With the drug included, Dopokoke is a smashing success! Robert Harron mans a busy Dopokoke fountain, where Mr. West and his friends enjoy quite a few pops. West's fiancée wards off the stuff, but secretary Dorothy Bernard succumbs. Soon, there are junkies among the cast…

This is a relatively highly entertaining early D.W. Griffith film, as it deals with the cocaine addiction. It was, likely, a topical film subject for Griffith; in the past, the drug was legal; and, it was once rumored to have been included among Coca-Cola's "secret ingredients." Otherwise, the film is a morality play - note that the father is aware of the danger in Dopokoke; and, he uses the drug for selfish reasons, which come back to haunt him. Ms. Bernard gives the stand-out performance, as the father's secretary.

***** For His Son (1/22/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Charles Hill Mailes, Charles West, Dorothy Bernard, Robert Harron


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