Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Director: Louis J. Gasnier Cast: Joe Forte, Carleton Young, Dorothy Short

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This unabashed propaganda film (also known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway) has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis and drink tea on the back porch. Their friend Jimmy (Warren McCollum) introduces them to a pot dealer named Jack (Carleton Young), who invites Bill up to his den of inequity, where stoned ne'er-do-wells laugh fiendishly, dance, and play the piano. After one joint, Bill is hooked, and his life begins to plummet down the tubes -- he starts flunking school and becomes a promiscuous regular in Jack's apartment. When a worried Mary tracks Bill down, she too is given a joint and begins giggling uncontrollably while being aggressively fondled by the bizarre addict Ralph (Dave "Tex" O'Brien). When Bill bursts out of the bedroom to tangle with Ralph, hallucinating and blacking out, Mary is accidentally shot. This prompts a string of guilt and calamitous occurrences, including several more deaths and courtroom sentences to mental institutions, all because of the devil weed. The film ends with the ominous warning, "The dread marijuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter...or yours...or YOURS!"

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
UPC: 0089218402493
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 26,870

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Forte Dr. Carroll
Carleton Young Jack Perry
Dorothy Short Mary
Kenneth Craig Bill
Lillian Miles Blanche
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Ralph
Thelma White Mae
Warren McCollum Jimmy Lane
Pat Royale Agnes
Harry Harvey Junior
Josef Forte Actor

Technical Credits
Louis J. Gasnier Director
Dwain Esper Producer
Paul Franklin Screenwriter
John H. Greenhalgh Cinematographer
George A. Hirliman Producer
Arthur Hoerl Screenwriter
Jane Huizenga Production Designer
Lawrence Meade Original Story
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Carl Pierson Editor
Robert Priestley Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:47]
3. Chapter 2 [14:45]
4. Chapter 3 [11:29]
5. Chapter 4 [13:58]

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