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Actors: Pat Carlyle, Paul Ellis, Hugh McArthur, Harley Wood, Dorothy Dehn
Director: Dwain Esper
Genres: Classics, Drama
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Matt B. from GETZVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 6/13/2011...
This junky exploitation movie has unexpected moments of merit. Flirting with her boyfriend while standing on the running board of his flivver, the girl turns her foot around and around in the sheer pleasure of being young, beautiful, and in love. In another the scene the daughter and her mother have a knock down drag out fight that culminates in her deciding to leave home. Just before she exits, she picks up the lap dog for a final quick hug, heartbroken she as realizes her impulsive step may be irrevocable. Much father down her slide to degradation, she looks persuasively guilt-stricken at doing a really bad thing to her sister. Moments in merit in a cheap scare movie Ė what next, medical marihuana in New York State?
Well, Iíll tell you whatís next. After smoking the wacky tobacky, four girls doff their duds and skinny dip in the Pacific. The barenaked behinds and toplessness really surprised me. I didnít think this kind of movie would flaunt the Hays Code only six years after its implementation.
Iím a film buff rather than a film expert so I canít say technically what makes this movie kinda bad. The character development barely reaches rudimentary, the acting just competent. The action sometimes makes no sense. The climax is mishandled so it provides no excitement or suspense. This is the kind of bad movie that makes us appreciate well-made movies.
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The "giggle" weed strikes again!
Boggman! | Laguna Hills, CA | 05/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Teenagers beware! It could happen to you! Mix alcohol and the evil giggle weed and you could end up dead. Or even worse, you could become a hard-core drug pushing heroin addicted drug dealer!
So is the moral of the 1936 exploitation film "Marihuana". We even get to see a little bit of 1930's T&A!
Now what more could you ask for?? :)
I enjoyed watching Burma (Harlene Wood) go from happy go lucky teenager -to pregnant misfit- to "Blondie" the drug dealer, all in less than an hour!
A fun little film and certainly a time capsule of days long past! For fans of these types of movies, this is a must see classic!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 04/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Even by Pre-Code standards this film pushes the limits. MARIHUANA is a movie along the same lines as "Reefer Madness" and "Assassin of Youth"; the story of a rich girl seduced by the 'giggle weed'.
Deeply resenting the entire family being pre-occupied by her sister's wedding to a rich and eligible young man; Burma (played by Harley Wood) gets caught up in the wrong group of kids, who spend their weekends skinny-dipping, smoking weed and having wienie roasts. It's during this party that Burma gets pregnant, but is forced to give the baby up for adoption.
Burma goes to work selling drugs to hooked and hopeless housewives (don't ask), before she comes up with a plan to kidnap her own sister's child and hold it for ransom...
MARIHUANA is a more-than-worthy companion piece to "Reefer Madness". Both feature some of the most bizarre and inane acting to ever find it's way onto the screen. Very much a Pre-Code production, MARIHUANA also features a scene of female nudity that I'm surprised even made it out of the cutting-room. Harley Wood plays the hard-boiled drug dame to the hilt, spewing out caustic lines like nobody's business!
If you enjoy your movies cheap and tawdry, you'll get a kick out of this."