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Marihuana (1936)

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Burma Roberts - aka 'Blondie'
... Dick Collier
Pat Carlyle ... Tony Santello
... Nicholas Romero
Dorothy Dehn ... Elaine Roberts Stewart
Richard Erskine ... Morgan Stewart
Juanita Fletcher ... Mrs. Roberts (as Juanita Crosland)
Hal Taggart ... Burma's Customer's Husband
Gloria Browne ... Gloria Stewart - The Child (as Gloria Brown)
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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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Weed with roots in hell! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marihuana, the Devil's Weed  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The main room in the beach house is also the opium den in "cocaine fiends," with some modifications. See more »

Goofs

In typing out the police report for the "stolen" ring, "Blondie's" height is listed as 4 ft. 3 in. See more »

Quotes

Sally: Oh, I've always wanted to go swimming in the moonlight.
Teenage girl: What'll we do for bathing suits.
Another Teenaged Girl: We won't wear any!
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FOREWORD: For centuries the world has been aware of the narcotic menace. We have complacently watched Asiatic countries attempt to rid themselves of DRUGS CURSE, and attributed their failure to lack of education. We consider ourselves enlightened, and think that never could we succumb to such a fate. But - did you know that - the use of Marihuana is steadily increasing among the youth of this country? Did you know that - the youthful criminal is our greatest problem today? And that - Marihuana gives the user false courage, and destroys conscience, thereby making crime alluring, smart? That is the price we are paying for our lack of interest in the narcotic situation. This story is drawn from an actual case history on file in the police records of one of our large cities. Note: MARIHUANA, Hashish of the Orient, is commonly distributed as a doped cigarette. Its most terrifying effect is that it fires the user to extreme cruelty and license. See more »

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Spoofed in Caffeine Madness (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
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Music by Johann Strauss
Played when the couple is parked
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A mind-bending experience !!
7 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Beating the more famous "Reefer Madness" into the theaters by all of about 15 minutes, "Marihuana" is yet another morality play whose producer tries to pass off a warning about the evils of marijuana use as an excuse for the picture's real reason for being: a nude swim scene (shot so darkly that the participants can barely even be seen). A group of the oldest-looking teenagers you've ever seen (and don't you just love movies with teenagers being played by actors old enough to be the PARENTS of teenagers) fall in with the wrong crowd, and soon there's a drowning, a shooting, an unwanted pregnancy, a kidnapping (of a child you just know was supposed to be the next Shirley Temple, at least in the minds of her parents), and an ending that has to be seen to be disbelieved. All in all, a truly mind-bending experience that would rival any that could come from the actual use of marijuana.


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