A research scientist conducting experiments on a new anesthetic finds herself being blackmailed by a woman she accidentally knocked down with her car; the woman wasn't hurt, but a scheming ... See full summary »
Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband ... See full summary »
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 »
The close up of the truck cabs is obviously not the same as the front panned out view of the truck cabs. See more »
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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