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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."

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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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Crazed dope fiends on a narcotic rampage! See more »

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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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The nightclub bill for the cover charge, six drinks and the tax (at only 3%) comes to $9.79. That would equate to $172.25 in 2016. See more »

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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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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 »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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All I Want Is You
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Performed by Nona Lee
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Not a 'Class A' film
11 January 2006 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Cocaine Fiends is one of the movies from the 1930's drugsploitation sub-genre. This, along with the superior Reefer Madness, simultaneously condemned and celebrated - intentionally or otherwise - the then taboo subject of drug abuse. Where Reefer Madness works as an unintentional comedy, Cocaine Fiends adopts a less overblown approach and, as a result, is liable to be much less entertaining to today's audiences. The production values are very low but the acting is OK. The story is exaggerated but there are no over-the-top scenes of drug-induced insanity. The film is best appreciated as a time capsule from the 1930s. It provides an insight into the attitudes of the time to drug use and its consequences. It does not, unfortunately, provide much in the way of laughs.

Also, the sound quality of the release I saw was was fairly horrendous. It was very hard at times working out what was being said. Ironically, this, coupled with the very flickery picture and deranged editing, produced the effect of watching the movie on drugs. But not very good drugs.


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