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Marihuana (1936)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | May 1936 (USA)
A young girl slowly becomes a dope pusher.

Director:

Dwain Esper

Writer:

Hildegarde Stadie (story) (as Hildagarde Stadie)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harley Wood ... Burma Roberts - aka 'Blondie'
Hugh McArthur ... Dick Collier
Pat Carlyle Pat Carlyle ... Tony Santello
Paul Ellis ... Nicholas Romero
Dorothy Dehn Dorothy Dehn ... Elaine Roberts Stewart
Richard Erskine Richard Erskine ... Morgan Stewart
Juanita Fletcher Juanita Fletcher ... Mrs. Roberts (as Juanita Crosland)
Hal Taggart Hal Taggart ... Burma's Customer's Husband
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Gloria Stewart - The Child (as Gloria Brown)
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Storyline

A young girl named Burma attends a beach party with her boyfriend and after she smokes marijuana with a bunch of other girls, she gets pregnant and another girl drowns while skinny dipping in the ocean. Burma and her boyfriend go to work for the pusher in order to make money so they can get married. However, during a drug deal her boyfriend is killed leaving Burma to fend for herself. Burma then becomes a major narcotics pusher in her own right after giving up her baby for adoption. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film's screenwriter Hildegarde Stadie (wife of director Dwain Esper) is one of the extras in the roadhouse at the beginning of the film. She is sitting at a table, wearing a white hat, looking like a drug addict might. See more »

Goofs

Sally, the oldest-looking teenager with the dark braided hair, closes the door to the undressing room twice. First when the girls enter, then as they start stripping down. See more »

Quotes

Dick: You're stopping me at my favorite sin.
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Crazy Credits

Research with the help of Federal, State and Police Narcotic Officials See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was released in Chicago, several cuts were ordered. They included:
  • a. A male character concealing cocane in his shoe.
  • b. Shots of the Joanne preparing to go swimming.
  • c. All shots of the women undressing and then running about on the beach in the nude and being chased by their boyfriends.
  • d. A portion of dialogue: "Just a sweet little love child."
  • Exibitors were also told to trim a close up shot Burma Roberts toking up for the first time .
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Connections

Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played when the couple go down to the beach
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Meet the poor cousin of "Reefer Madness"
12 May 2008 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

Based on the script and technical aspects of this film, I should have rated it "one star." But I'm giving it a five because it's so campy that it's worth a few laughs. And I am not a doper...I've never even inhaled! This is definitely the poor relation of "Reefer Madness," which has higher technical quality and is more entertaining overall. "Marihuana" is just jaw-droppingly awful, with weed blamed for virtually all vices, many of which are shown on screen (including...gasp...spraying a woman's backside with soda!). The budget was so low that the producers used classical music clips instead of a real soundtrack, so the dangers of dope are underscored by Strauss, Liszt, and others.

This is just a nasty little low-budget exploitation film, using the dope scare as an excuse to titillate the audience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marihuana, the Devil's Weed See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Roadshow Attractions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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