3.8/10
7,539
126 user 40 critic

Reefer Madness (1936)

Tell Your Children (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | 1938 (USA)
Trailer
1:45 | Trailer
Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director:

Louis J. Gasnier (as Louis Gasnier)

Writers:

Lawrence Meade (original story), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Short ... Mary
Kenneth Craig Kenneth Craig ... Bill
Lillian Miles Lillian Miles ... Blanche
Dave O'Brien ... Ralph
Thelma White ... Mae
Carleton Young ... Jack
Warren McCollum ... Jimmy (as Warren McCullom)
Patricia Royale Patricia Royale ... Agnes (as Pat Royale)
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Dr. Carroll (as Josef Forte)
Harry Harvey Jr. Harry Harvey Jr. ... Junior
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An outrageous tongue-in-cheek musical comedy adaptation of the classic anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness (1936).

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"It's all a LIE!!" or so screams our hero, DETECTIVE JACK PERRY. We meet Jack in the prologue as he interrupts a telecast of a movie review program. He claims REEFER MADNESS, the classic ... See full summary »

Director: Kent Skov
Stars: Bob Buchholz, Michael Cheselka, Connie Sue Cook
Marihuana I (1936)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A young girl slowly becomes a dope pusher.

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Harley Wood, Hugh McArthur, Pat Carlyle
Sex Madness (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

Philanthropist Paul Lorenz is one of the more public faces in the fight against behavior that spreads the many "social diseases", such as syphilis and gonorrhea. An example of such behavior... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper
Stars: Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigali
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends.

Director: Elmer Clifton
Stars: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Dorothy Short
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director: Joseph Green
Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A bed possessed by a demon spirit consumes its users alive.

Director: George Barry
Stars: Demene Hall, William Russ, Julie Ritter
Nightbeast (1982)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A creature from outer space crash lands in a small town and starts killing people.

Directors: Don Dohler, Dave Geatty
Stars: Tom Griffith, Jamie Zemarel, Karin Kardian
Equinox (1970)
Certificate: GP Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Four friends are attacked by a demon while on a picnic, due to possession of a tome of mystic information. Told in flashbacks by the sole survivor.

Directors: Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Edward Connell, Barbara Hewitt, Frank Bonner
Thriller

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after they stop in a small town where the residents are being driven mad by a new strain of marijuana which causes psychotic effects on its users.

Director: Rich Mallery

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Film that relates the story, as told by high school principal Dr. Carroll to parents at a PTA meeting, of the scourge of marijuana. The tale revolves around Mae and Jack, accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, who manage to entice the local high school kids to stop by Mae's apartment to smoke reefer. The lives of all who are involved with this menace are inevitably shattered. One man becomes so addicted to the killer weed that the guilt over framing a teen for murder causes a judge to order him to be committed for life to a mental hospital. Dr. Carroll closes by advising us to not incur the same tragedy. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Women Cry For It - Men Die For It! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward LeSaint, judge in the case of the people v. William Harper, was also the judge in The Three Stooges short Disorder in the Court (1936). See more »

Goofs

The car that is "stopped" at the school crossing in the opening street scene is clearly not running at all, let alone just stopped by the policeman. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Ya know after that session we had yesterday, I went home and told mother that the trouble with her pot roast gravy was that she hadn't added three heaping teaspoonfuls of olive oil.
[Laughs]
Mary: What did she say?
Bill: She didn't say anything; she just threw me out of the kitchen.
Mary: Why, no wonder.
See more »

Crazy Credits

FOREWORD: The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly-increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - The Real Public Enemy Number One! Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations - space expands - time slows down, almost stands still ....fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances - followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions... leading finally to acts of shocking violence... ending often in incurable insanity. In picturing its soul-destroying effects no attempt was made to equivocate. The scenes and incidents, while fictionized for the purposes of this story, are based upon actual research into the results of Marihuana addiction. If their stark reality will make you think, will make you aware that something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace, then the picture will not have failed in its purpose.... Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter....or yours....or YOURS! See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene of Hotfinger toking up in the closet at the restaurant, and Mary getting lit by Ralph, were censored from some prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Arrested Development: Spring Breakout (2005) See more »

User Reviews

 
That's pretty swell...
25 January 2002 | by saugoofSee all my reviews

I doubt that anyone still takes this movie seriously these days but it's funny seeing how people went paranoid about pot in the 30's. There are lots of wildly exaggerated or plain wrong comments and accusations in it. Best among them are that pot is more dangerous than Heroin, it will make you violent and eventually incurably insane.

The film details how smoking pot changes the lives of a couple of all-american teenagers. In fact, they're so clean cut, nice to their parents and just plain perfect that you're actually happy when their lives turn bad. On the way there we see some really funny overacting and the way that middle America thought people behaved after smoking pot. A single puff immediately has you in hysterics, after a couple of minutes it's down to pre-marital sex (hey, that's enough to get me hooked!), followed by a violent paranoia and finally of course, insanity.

The film is fairly standard propaganda stuff and follows the three important propaganda ingredients to a T. It's badly acted, exaggerated in hammering home a couple of points and frightening the uninformed about the fact that no one is safe from this great danger. It is however fairly lengthy for a propaganda movie and it's not as ridiculous as I expected. Although there are some really funny scenes that rightly make this a classic.


26 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 126 user reviews »

Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dope Addict See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed