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.
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The Sweet "Pill" That Makes Life BITTER!
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The origins of this film have been the subject of controversy. Although this film is not in the copyrighted registry, the opening card reads: Formerly "Tell Your Children" - An G and H Production - Copyrighted" (though without a copyright date). American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1939 establishes its production date as 1938, even though some erroneous modern sources, including IMDb, apparently confusing it with some similar film, occasionally, but erroneously, give 1936. Some say it was produced by a church group in the wake of the Victor Licata 1933 murder case. Dwain Esper
sued a distribution company in the 1960s, claiming that he had produced the film for the US Army and that he was the legal copyright owner. He lost the case. See more
In the very first street scene, extras in the background are waiting for their cue to walk along a side walk in the background. See more
What time is it?
Time to get up and give this place the goin' over. It looks like the marines have landed.
Well, that bunch last night was high enough to take over the marines and the navy!
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
Referenced in Docventures: Hamppu