Parents are lectured about the dangers of their children using marijuana with a cautionary tale of what happened to once-innocent kids became addicted to the drug: their mind alterations lead to a car accident, a shooting, and an innocent boy being brought to trial.
Running Time: 66 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
Louis J.Gasnier (15 September1875 - 15 February 1963) was a French film director. Born in Paris, Gasnier starting making films in the earliest days of cinema (1905), and directed the famous comedian Max Linder in many of his early short comedies. In the USA from 1912, Gasnier made his name in several fairly prestigious productions, most notably the serial The Perils of Pauline, starring Pearl White, with whom he made several other star vehicles. Gasnier's career declined with the advent of sound in filming, and he was later confined to making low-budget 'B' pictures. Arguably his most famous film, though unfortunately not for the right artistic reasons, was the anti-marijuana opus Reefer Madness, made in 1936. The film's over-preachy, over-the-top and hilariously misguided propaganda message has earned it a dedicated cult following, which remains strong to the present day. It is widely available in the public domain and on DVD, and has been frequently shown on many terrestial and cable TV channels, quite remarkable for an ultra cheap exploitation movie of the 1930s that had apparently very scant distribution when it was originally released. After Reefer Madness, Gasnier made a further eight films before retiring in 1941;he died in Hollywood aged 87.
Propaganda 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 theguilt 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 advisingus to not incur the same tragedy. Written by Rick Gregory
CAST & CREW:
Louis J. Gasnier
Harry Harvey Jr.
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