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Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness
Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Genres: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2002     1hr 6min

Although it was made in 1936, Reefer Madness didn't become a cult hit until 1972 when the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) rescued it from the Library of Congress film archive. Thereafter, it ...  more »


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Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Creators: Jack Greenhalgh, Dwain Esper, George A. Hirliman, Samuel Diege, Arthur Hoerl, Lawrence Meade, Paul Franklin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Motion Picture Ventures
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 07/30/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1936
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1936
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 6min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 8/27/2023...
A classic for some and garbage for others!
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 11/27/2011...
An anti-marijuana film from the 30s that ignores actual facts in favor of mindless hysteria. How anyone could take take this seriously amazes me.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

So bad, it's funny
JLind555 | 11/24/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Reefer Madness, made as an exploitation film in 1936, would have us believe that marijuana is the devil's weed from hell. Worse than heroin! Worse than cocaine! Marijuana will blow your brain, shrivel your soul, and land you smack-dab into a nuthouse or a cemetery!

According to the prologue, marijuana was rampaging through the high schools in 1936 and was about to undermine the foundations of the Republic. Here we meet Bill and Mary, two squeaky-clean kids (well, they're supposed to be kids but they look like they're on the far side of twenty-five) who get drawn into a marijuana den and suffer all kinds of dire consequences. A kid stoned on pot drives down the street like a bat out of hell and runs down a pedestrian, all the while laughing like a maniac. The good girl is shot dead and the good boy is framed while zonked out of his cranium. The good boy is seduced by the bad woman, who ends up taking a swan dive from the courthouse window as penance for her sins. The requisite courthouse climax neatly ties up all the loose ends. Every cliché you can think of is piled into the movie, all in the space of sixty-six minutes.

The movie is god-awful, over-acted, over-played and over-dramatized, and the hysteria rolls along at a fever pitch, but in light of what has been known for years about marijuana (it's not physically addicting nor does it cause people to suddenly start dancing like whirling dervishes or slaughter their families under the influence), it's all so over the top that all you can do is sit back and laugh at the silliness. Watch this movie some night when you're bored out of your gourd and need a few giggles. On that score, at least, it delivers.

Judy Lind"