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Marihuana (1936)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | May 1936 (USA)
A young girl slowly becomes a dope pusher.

Director:

Dwain Esper

Writer:

Hildegarde Stadie (story) (as Hildagarde Stadie)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harley Wood ... Burma Roberts - aka 'Blondie'
Hugh McArthur ... Dick Collier
Pat Carlyle Pat Carlyle ... Tony Santello
Paul Ellis ... Nicholas Romero
Dorothy Dehn Dorothy Dehn ... Elaine Roberts Stewart
Richard Erskine Richard Erskine ... Morgan Stewart
Juanita Fletcher Juanita Fletcher ... Mrs. Roberts (as Juanita Crosland)
Hal Taggart Hal Taggart ... Burma's Customer's Husband
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Gloria Stewart - The Child (as Gloria Brown)
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Storyline

A young girl named Burma attends a beach party with her boyfriend and after she smokes marijuana with a bunch of other girls, she gets pregnant and another girl drowns while skinny dipping in the ocean. Burma and her boyfriend go to work for the pusher in order to make money so they can get married. However, during a drug deal her boyfriend is killed leaving Burma to fend for herself. Burma then becomes a major narcotics pusher in her own right after giving up her baby for adoption. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Lust Crime Sorrow Hate Shame Despair See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marihuana, the Devil's Weed See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Roadshow Attractions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original trailer for the film included a shot of a girl's leg getting grabbed at the weenie roast, and a close-up of hands clutching for a row of needles. These shots do not appear in the final film. See more »

Goofs

Several years pass between Burma giving up her baby and kidnapping her sister's child, as said child is now 6 or 7 years old. If the film is set in present day (1936), the kids in the earlier scenes should be drinking at a speakeasy, not a bar, as prohibition (which ended in 1933) would still have been in effect. It's especially unlikely that the bar/speakeasy would have a sign advertising 5 cent beer. See more »

Quotes

Nicki: But Blondie, you know what the rap is for a snatch job.
Burma Roberts: That's the beauty of it. There won't be any rap. Would a well-heeled society dame tell the whole world it's her own sister who stole her kid?
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Crazy Credits

Research with the help of Federal, State and Police Narcotic Officials See more »

Alternate Versions

Censor boards in New York and Ohio mandated that the nude bathing scenes be removed from the film. Also in Ohio, the producers were forced to omit scenes that showed ways that the drugs were concieled, as well as a newspaper headline stating law inforcement agencies were powerless to stop marijuana trifficking. New York audiences also never saw the scene towards the end where Burma shoots up in her leg. END. See more »

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Featured in TCM Underground: Reefer Madness/Marihuana (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played when the couple go down to the beach
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What a bum rap
21 October 2003 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

I love these 30s exploitation flicks! This one definitely builds on the stereotypes of marihuana and its evil effects. Victims under the influence of this terrible narcotic wear menacing smiles and blank eyed stares. They gad about and jiggle in nightclubs while intoxicating themselves on copious amounts of alcohol as if mesmerized by the music. You will love how a couple of puffs/tokes/hits turn a group of young women into hysterical, sex crazed floozies! Man, that scene was funny.

On the down note, Burma (nice to be named after an aftershave) spirals downward into destruction and despair. Hey, don't blame the pot, it didn't make her become a heroin dealer! Very poor gateway drug reference they were trying to get across.

There seems to be a plot, but don't bother following. Dialogue is lame, muffled, and you'll be saying the phrase "who are you?" quite frequently throughout the film. I don't think that guy's spanish accent was authentic either. Doesn't top the all-time kampy 'Reefer Madness ', but it's a load of hoots.


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