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Death in Small Doses (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 September 1957 (USA)
A government agent investigates the use of illegal amphetamines among long-haul truck drivers.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Arthur L. Davis (article), John McGreevey
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Tom Kaylor
Mala Powers ... Val Owens
Chuck Connors ... Mink Reynolds
Merry Anders ... Amy Phillips
Roy Engel ... Wally Morse
Robert B. Williams ... Dunc Clayton (as Robert Williams)
Harry Lauter ... Steve Hummel
Pete Kooy Pete Kooy ... Payson
Robert Christopher Robert Christopher ... Lennie Owens
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A government agent investigates the use of illegal amphetamines among long-haul truck drivers.

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Taglines:

...the picture that crosses the forbidden territory...of THRILL PILLS!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Död i små doser See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The many references throughout the movie to " Bennie" of course refer to Benzedrine. This amphetamine first registered in 1933 and use for a number of ailments ranging from narcolepsy to obesity and attention deficit disorder,soon grew very popular.It was used or rather abused by servicemen during world war 2, housewives during the 40's and 50's and of course,long haul truck drivers.It was not until 1959 (and maybe as a direct result of this movie),it's use was finally regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1959.I is now a schedule 2 or class B controlled drug used only for certain medical conditions. See more »

Goofs

The close up of the truck cabs is obviously not the same as the front panned out view of the truck cabs. See more »

Quotes

Tom Kaylor: Men who know you, Val, all end up as bad insurance risks.
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A reasonable B-movie
29 April 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

A drugs movie with a difference. This B-Movie was designed to show the dangers of prescription drugs, in this case amphetamines such as Benzedrine or 'bennies' as they are called here. Joseph M Newman was a better director than he was given credit for and he handles the somewhat sensationalized material well enough. The cast, (Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors, Merry Anders) are strictly bargain basement and the script is something of an embarrassment but it's nicely shot on location by Carl Gutherie and there is some decent stunt driving and as the bottom half of a double bill it's not that bad.


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