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'Reefer Madness (1936)' Movie Review: Fire it up

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Reefer Madness (1936)


The scourge of all our youth is the use of reefer, marijuana, pot as it is sometimes called. The effects that it causes on the senses and the mental processes on the brain are alarming. Dr. Alfred Carroll (Joseph Forte) is at a PTA meeting discussing with parents what is happening with the youth of the school. He is making them aware of people who are trying to entice their children to come over to their homes and get stoned. He is letting them know of people like Mae (Thelma White) and Jack (Carleton Young) who prey on their children. They will role the marijuana into a cigarette and then they will inhale the dreaded smoke of the joint as it is called. They will lose their inhibitions and have sex with other kids leading to other problems like pregnancies. He talks of the stealing and other deeds that these children are doing while they stoned.

Dr. Carroll will talk about high school sweethearts Bill and Mary (Kenneth Craig and Dorothy Short) who will hear of the goings on at Mae's parties from her brother Jimmie (Warren McCollum). When the temptation is too much for the sweethearts they have to attend one of the parties.Which only leads to more parties till finally tragedy strikes and the drug is the culprit.

Since this is a drug that can grow wildly it is imperative that parents know what it looks like. They must know what the results are of it's use. They must take all steps to insure the safety of their children. It is a drug that will lead to terrible things. Dr. Carroll pleads with the parents to become involved with their children's activities and never let this problem invade their happy homes.

This movie for decades was used as a propaganda film for not smoking marijuana. You would usually see it in a high school class or maybe in some urban areas, in middle school.

Director Louis J. Gasnier was able through this movie to put fear in the minds of some as to the dangers of smoking marijuana. Now it is usually looked at as being one of the funniest movies to get stoned too. Light em if you have them. Enjoy. Oh Yes, have munchies available when viewing film!


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