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The Pace That Kills (1935)

PG | | Crime, Drama | December 1935 (USA)
Drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends."

Director:

William A. O'Connor (as Wm. A. O'Connor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lois January ... Jane Bradford aka Lil
Noel Madison ... Nick - The Pusher
Sheila Bromley ... Fanny (as Sheila Manners)
Dean Benton Dean Benton ... Eddie Bradford
Lois Lindsay ... Dorothy Farley
Charles Delaney ... Dan - the Detective - Dorothy's Boyfriend (as Chas. Delaney)
Eddie Phillips ... Manager of Dead Rat Club
Frank Shannon ... Mr. Farley
Fay Holden ... Madame / Henchwoman (as Gaby Fay)
Maury Peck Maury Peck ... Master of Ceremonies
Nona Lee Nona Lee ... Band Vocalist
Gay Sheridan Gay Sheridan ... Dorothy's Friend
Frank Collins Frank Collins ... Singing Waiter
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Storyline

Small town girl Jane Bradford falls for Nick, a guy from the big city who offers her the opportunity to get away from her small town life. He also offers her "headache powder", she not knowing that it's cocaine and that Nick is a drug pusher. By the time they get to the city, she's hooked on her new medicine. Jane's brother, Eddie, goes to the city to look for his sister, who has not kept in touch with her family. Eddie gets a job as a carhop at a drive-in and is befriended by a drive-in's waitress named Fanny. Fanny is one of Nick's customers, and Fanny soon gets Eddie hooked on the headache powder. Due to this vice, Eddie and Fanny's life soon goes downhill. They're both fired from their jobs and are unable to find other work in their drugged out state. On the periphery of both Eddie and Jane's life is Dorothy Farley, a customer at the drive-in. Dorothy, dating Dan, comes from a wealthy family and she throws her money around easily. She's willing to assist financially those in need.... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The white dust from hell! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cocaine Fiends See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Fanny and Eddie go to the club, Fanny points out "Shirley Claire, the famous actress" and the shot is followed by two stock footage inserts from another film, showing a young man talking to a pretty young woman while seated at a table. This footage is actually from the original The Pace That Kills (1928), and the actress shown was the one who played the original Fanny. So essentially, in this scene, Fanny points to herself. See more »

Goofs

Even though the original title was "The Cocaine Fiends" , and cocaine is the main plot point, no one is ever actually shown doing the drug on screen (every time someone goes for a line, the film cuts to a shot of the dealer watching with glee that he has a new customer/victim). See more »

Quotes

Fanny: Hello everyone! This is Eddie, my new boyfriend. (a woman cosies up to Eddie, Fanny shoves her away) I said MY boyfriend!
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Crazy Credits

Opening statement: Among the many evils against which society struggles, one of the most vicious is the traffic in dope . . in every community where the menace developes all the forces which society can mobilize, including social agencies, doctors, law enforcement officials and government band together to stamp it out . . . . . . Without such activity the dope evil would run rampant. Yet it has long been recognized that one other powerful force is necessary before the struggle can be completely successful. That force is an aroused and educated public awareness. It is in the hope of aiding in developing such awareness that this picture has been produced. What happens to Jane Bradford may happen to anyone. There will always be "Jane Bradfords" until you, Mr. Citizen, co-operate with the forces now fighting the dope evil to forever stamp it out in our land. --The Management. See more »

Connections

Edited into Confessions of a Vice Baron (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Towsee Mongalay
(1915) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Grahame Jones
Performed by Frank Collins
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Actual attempt to make a good movie...
27 January 2007 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 1/27/2007 - 4 out of 10(Dir-Wm. A. O'Connor): Actual attempt to make a good movie from a 1930's public service announcement premise is rather shocking in it's portrayal of addicts in the mob world of drugs, for it's time. Despite this, it's flaws include silly entertainment thrown in near the end, quick changes in people's characters(it's almost as if they ripped out sections of some the character's development) and a sometimes overdone emphasis of the complete moral decay of those involved in the use of dope(as they call it in the movie) to the point of forgetting their past life. The movie is ultimately about the demise of a sister and brother after initially being tricked to use a "headache powder" which is really cocaine. The mobster's, leading the way, use every kind of trick in the book to hook the person on the drug, and then they rule their lives from this point on. Again, for it's time, this movie does a pretty good job of showing the horrors without being campy(like other movies of this type) but a good try is still not quite good enough, though.


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