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Assassin of Youth (1938)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 February 1938 (USA)
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.


Elmer Clifton


Charles A. Browne (screenplay), Elmer Clifton (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Luana Walters ... Joan Barry
Arthur Gardner ... Art Brighton
Dorothy Short ... Marjorie 'Marge' Barry
Earl Dwire ... Henry 'Pop' Brady
Fern Emmett ... Henrietta Frisbee
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Judge George Herbert
Fay McKenzie ... Linda Clayton
Michael Owen ... Jack Howard
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Mary Barry
Hudson Faucett Hudson Faucett ... Otto (as Hudson Faussett)
Gay Sheridan Gay Sheridan ... Edith
Edwin Johnson Edwin Johnson ... Charlie
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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. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The earlier title, "Marihuana" was changed to avoid confusion with the earlier, similar anti-drug pic Marihuana (1936). See more »


Despite the differing headlines on the Chicago News Press, Los Angeles Argus and the New York Express shown at the opening of the film, all three newspapers carry the exact same news stories on the front page ('Police Arrest One Hundred Ninety Eight,' 'Mayor Maps Building Plan,' 'Sidewalks Jammed' and the 'Boss Sanity Trial'). See more »

Alternate Versions

Shots of Joan Barry stripping down at the weenie bake were sometimes censored. See more »

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The high life as your grandmother knew it
13 May 2005 | by HSauerSee all my reviews

A mildly laughable anti-marijuana picture, ASSASSIN OF YOUTH has some things going for it. The cast of ASSASSIN OF YOUTH is solidly capable for a roadshow production, and several actors have opportunities to shine in comic roles (in particular, the judge, the old checker-playing codger and the Margaret Hamilton "wicked witch" look-alike). Luana Walters is an appealing heroine, and a talented actress. (Her biography at IMDb suggests that Luana might have been better off with marijuana as her drug of choice.)

Today the old drug-scare films are played for laughs, but ASSASSIN OF YOUTH is an exceptionally competent production. The irony here is that truly terrible dope-soaps like REEFER MADNESS and MARIHUANA are much more entertaining, because they don't waste time with dramatic niceties.

The most notorious anti-drug movies of the 1930s were made by private entrepreneurs like Dwain Esper and Elmer Clifton, not by the U.S. Government. These gentlemen capitalized on the Government's anti-drug publicity, but they were not bound by any political agenda of the day. Their aim was to supply the public what the Hollywood studios could not provide under the Production Code - flashes of T&A, and graphic depictions of vice.

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Release Date:

23 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marihuana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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