Marihuana (I) (1936)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama

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A young girl slowly becomes a dope pusher.


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Dwain Esper


Hildegarde Stadie (story)

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7 October 1999 | Mark_D-2
| A mind-bending experience !!
Beating the more famous "Reefer Madness" into the theaters by all of about 15 minutes, "Marihuana" is yet another morality play whose producer tries to pass off a warning about the evils of marijuana use as an excuse for the picture's real reason for being: a nude swim scene (shot so darkly that the participants can barely even be seen). A group of the oldest-looking teenagers you've ever seen (and don't you just love movies with teenagers being played by actors old enough to be the PARENTS of teenagers) fall in with the wrong crowd, and soon there's a drowning, a shooting, an unwanted pregnancy, a kidnapping (of a child you just know was supposed to be the next Shirley Temple, at least in the minds of her parents), and an ending that has to be seen to be disbelieved. All in all, a truly mind-bending experience that would rival any that could come from the actual use of marijuana.

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Morgan and Elaine Stewart's wedding anniversary is May 11.


Newspaper Headline: Narcotics Bring Ruin / The drug habit is expensive and the usefulness of the victim is gone.


During the party, the girls leave the main room twice.

Crazy Credits

FOREWORD: For centuries the world has been aware of the narcotic menace. We have complacently watched Asiatic countries attempt to rid themselves of DRUGS CURSE, and attributed their failure to lack of education. We consider ourselves enlightened, and think that never could we succumb to such a fate. But - did you know that - the use of Marihuana is steadily increasing among the youth of this country? Did you know that - the youthful criminal is our greatest problem today? And that - Marihuana gives the user false courage, and destroys conscience, thereby making crime alluring, smart? That is the price we are paying for our lack of interest in the narcotic situation. This story is drawn from an actual case history on file in the police records of one of our large cities. Note: MARIHUANA, Hashish of the Orient, is commonly distributed as a doped cigarette. Its most terrifying effect is that it fires the user to extreme cruelty and license.

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 .


An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
Music by
Johann Strauss
Played when the couple is parked


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Crime | Drama

Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

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