Reefer Madness ()

Tell Your Children (original title)
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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... See more »


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Dorothy Short ...
Kenneth Craig ...
Lillian Miles ...
Jimmy (as Warren McCullom)
Patricia Royale ...
Agnes (as Pat Royale)
Joseph Forte ...
Dr. Carroll (as Josef Forte)
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Daley - Dope Pusher (uncredited)
Juror (uncredited)
Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
Juror (uncredited)
Mr. Wayne - Federal Bureau Investigator (uncredited)
Bill's Lawyer (uncredited)
Judge (uncredited)
Mrs. Lane (uncredited)
The Boss (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Henry Harper (uncredited)
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Mrs. Harper (uncredited)
Blanche's Lawyer (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ...
Pete Daley (uncredited)

Directed by

Louis J. Gasnier ... (as Louis Gasnier)

Written by

Lawrence Meade ... (original story)
Arthur Hoerl ... (screenplay)
Paul Franklin ... (additional dialogue)

Produced by

Samuel Diege ... associate producer (as Sam Diege)
George A. Hirliman ... producer
Dwain Esper ... producer (uncredited) (reissue)

Cinematography by

Jack Greenhalgh ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Carl Pierson

Art Direction by

Robert Priestley

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ray Nazarro ... assistant director (as Ray Nazzaro)

Art Department

Louis Diage ... properties (as Louis Diege)

Sound Department

Hans Weeren ... sound recorder

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Greenhalgh ... chief cameraman

Music Department

Abe Meyer ... musical director
Hugo Riesenfeld ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Burning Question (United States)
  • Dope Addict (United States)
  • Doped Youth (United States)
  • Love Madness (United States)
  • Reefer Madness (United States, English title)
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  • 66 min
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Trivia A special-edition DVD of the film was released in 2004, with an outrageously non-realistic colorization (the various characters who smoke all exhale brightly colored pastel smoke) and a satirical commentary track by Michael J. Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Reefer Madness II: The True Story (1985). 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 »
Quotes Bureau Official: Here is an example: A fifteen-year-old lad apprehended in the act of staging a holdup - fifteen years old and a marijuana addict. Here is a most tragic case.
Dr. Carroll: Yes. I remember. Just a young boy... under the influence of drugs... who killed his entire family with an axe.
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