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Marihuana (1936)

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


Dwain Esper


Hildegarde Stadie (story) (as Hildagarde Stadie)




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)


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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Daring drug expose' See more »


Crime | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Dick's age is given as 19 in a newspaper insert. Hugh McArthur was closer to 31 when the film was made. See more »


At the party, after one of the guys says, "Coming right up," a woman sitting on the couch says "I hope not!" Her lips do not move, but it is her voice we hear. See more »


Newspaper headline: Wave of Brutal Crimes Laid to Marihuana Smoking
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Censor boards in Ohio also had their share of desired cuts. They were:
  • The line "No honeymooning till after we're married."
  • Shots of partiers rolling around on the floor togeather in the beach house.
  • Shot of Joanne preparing to go swimming.
  • All shots of the women running around on the beach (and presumably all footage of them undressing beforehand).
  • When Tony says "I'm going yo send you away to have your baby.", the "to have your baby" part was cut.
  • Newspaper headline "Federal Authorities Powerless To Supress Marihuana Triaffic!" was cut.
  • The scene in which Burma plots to kidnap her sister's child was ordered to be cut on the grounds that it had dialogue like "you know what the wrap is for a snatch job."
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Edited into Dope Mania (1987) See more »


Poet and Peasant Overture
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when the girl reaches down and picks up the dog
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The Other One
20 June 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young woman slowly becomes a dope pusher.

Most people have heard of "Reefer Madness". But if you wanted to see another film that was anti-marijuana in 1936, look no further than "Marihuana", which (not surprisingly) was made by some of the same people.

This film is not the cult classic of its step-brother, and with good reason. It is far less humorous, with the only really notable thing about it being a nude swimming scene that never would have passed the censorship code. In fact, the film is not even really about marijuana so much as a drinking party gone wrong and the bad choices made after the fact.

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Release Date:

May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marihuana, the Devil's Weed See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Roadshow Attractions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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