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Human Wreckage (1923)

An attorney's wife is determined to fight the evils of addictive substances.


John Griffith Wray, Dorothy Davenport (uncredited)


Will Lambert (story "Dope"), C. Gardner Sullivan




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Davenport ... Ethel MacFarland (as Mrs. Wallace Reid)
James Kirkwood ... Alan MacFarland
Bessie Love ... Mary Finnegan
George Hackathorne ... Jimmy Brown
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Brown
Robert McKim ... Dr. Hillman
Harry Northrup ... Steve Stone
Victory Bateman Victory Bateman ... Mother Finnegan
Eric Mayne ... Dr. Blake
Otto Hoffman ... Harris
Philip Sleeman Philip Sleeman ... Dunn
George Clark George Clark ... The Baby
Lucille Ricksen ... Ginger
George E. Cryer George E. Cryer ... Himself - Mayor of Los Angeles
R.B. von Kleinsmid R.B. von Kleinsmid ... Himself - President - University of Southern California


Ethel McFarland presents her attorney husband, Alan, with the case of a dope addict named Jimmy Brown. With the help of Alan's impassioned defense, Jimmy gets aquitted. Alan feels the pressures of his job and is introduced to a doctor at his club. When he becomes addicted, he is blackmailed by his peddlers to represent their friends in court. Jimmy, now off the smack and a taxi driver, hears of these goings on. When he discovers that his passenger is the leader of the dope ring, he resolvs to aide the war on narcotics by crashing the vehicle head-on into an oncoming train, killing them both. Alan gets treated for his addiction and begins to fight the pushers in court, all the while, pushing for stronger laws against addictive substances. At the film's close, the film's producer, Dorothy Davenport, who also plays Ethel, and who's husband Wallace Reid died of a drug overdose, adresses the audience, imploring them to support her in her crusade to wipe out the narcotic menace in the ... Written by Kieran Kenney

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Crime | Thriller | Drama







Release Date:

17 June 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kokain See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this silent film opened in New York at the Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street, the musical arrangement was by J. Frank Cork (who conducted the orchestra), and Eleanor Gates sang "Gentle Maiden" during the film. See more »

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