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Reefer Madness [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dorothy Short , Kenneth Craig , Louis J. Gasnier    DVD
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  • Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
  • Directors: Louis J. Gasnier
  • Writers: Arthur Hoerl, Lawrence Meade, Paul Franklin
  • Producers: Dwain Esper, George A. Hirliman, Samuel Diege
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2004
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,609 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


About the Director

Louis J.Gasnier (15 September 1875 - 15 February 1963) was a French film director. Born in Paris, Gasnier starting making films in the earliest days of cinema (1905), and directed the famous comedian Max Linder in many of his early short comedies. In the USA from 1912, Gasnier made his name in several fairly prestigious productions, most notably the serial The Perils of Pauline, starring Pearl White, with whom he made several other star vehicles. Gasnier's career declined with the advent of sound in filming, and he was later confined to making low-budget 'B' pictures. Arguably his most famous film, though unfortunately not for the right artistic reasons, was the anti-marijuana opus Reefer Madness, made in 1936. The film's over-preachy, over-the-top and hilariously misguided propaganda message has earned it a dedicated cult following, which remains strong to the present day. It is widely available in the public domain and on DVD, and has been frequently shown on many terrestial and cable TV channels, quite remarkable for an ultra cheap exploitation movie of the 1930s that had apparently very scant distribution when it was originally released. After Reefer Madness, Gasnier made a further eight films before retiring in 1941; he died in Hollywood aged 87.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "High" Expectations 9 Aug 2008
If anything, this over-the-top, hilarious, and deceitful story of kids turning crazy from the wicked weed provides ample evidence that someone was willing to say anything at all to get rid of marijuana. This is a must see movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 15 May 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
The original title is "Tell Your Children." aka Dope Addict (1938), aka Doped Youth (1938), aka Love Madness (1938), aka Burning Question, The (1939), aka Reefer Madness (1947).

This is an educational movie that shows you what they do not want you to know about the seamy side of burning hemp.

A tale by Dr. Carroll (Joseph Forte) of May Colman (Thelma White) and Jack Perry (Carleton Young) distributors. Their dealings with high school students that look like they flunked a few grades. There are many overlapping scenarios; one is which Ralph, under the influence, helps Mary with her inhabitations towards disrobing. Some time during this trying evening Mary is all shot. Others are rundown and some Grin and grin and grin and bear it.

A side note Mary and Ralph (Dorothy Short and Dave O'Brien) in real life were married to each other at the time of the movie.

Being a cult classic does not give it any better production rating.
You may just want rent this film first as it is not really one for re-watching
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4.0 out of 5 stars Restored edition, fantastic!!!!!! 3 May 2004
By J. A. Stankunas - Published on
The movie Reefer Madness seen by itself is really nothing to brag about, but this special addition for this best-selling cult classic is fantastic. It's a must buy, because for how cheap it is, you really get your money's worth. For the first time ever, I can say that the colorized version (complete with multicolor smoke and over saturated psychedelic color schemes) is better and looks better than the original black and white, and both versions are available to watch which is considerate of the DVD producers to give us both, and it looks as good as we can ever expect. Extra features are fantastic highlighted by a hysterical commentary by Mike Nelson, formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which is the sole reason why I bought this edition. The commentary by the people who colorized the film is also worth a look. I highly recommend this new edition.
76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Exploitation Flick of the 30s! 29 Aug 1999
By Cindy Collins Smith - Published on
In the 70s, NORML spread the myth that the government sponsored Reefer Madness. The truth, however, is that the film was made to play the Exploitation circuit... and was made with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Thelma White (Mae) has said that the cast was specifically asked to "hoke it up." And the scene in which Ralph demands that the piano be played "Faster... Faster!" comes straight out of 42nd Street--a film in which actor Dave O'Brien (yes, Ralph himself) had played a chorus boy.
So, if the makers of this film weren't serious about their message, why did they make the movie? Well, why did anybody make an Exploitation film in the 30s? To show more skin than the Hays Code allowed, of course, and to capitalize on public fears. Simply put: they wanted to make money. And make money they did.
Unlike most Exploitation fare, Reefer Madness was shot over a period of three weeks, on a relatively large budget (by sub-Poverty Row standards). Using an experienced director and a couple of actors who would go on to do respectable work in Hollywood, this production is the creme-de-la-creme of 30's Exploitation cinema.
Reefer Madness is every bit as hyperbolic as it was intended to be. Just watch it knowing that its makers are laughing at you, and you'll realize that this film is perhaps one of the greatest jokes ever played on an audience in the history of cinema. It's certainly one of the most entertaining.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen To You... 18 April 2004
By Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein - Published on
Bill and Mary were just two typical all-american 25 year old highschool students, playing tennis, drinking hot cocoa, and reciting Shakespeare. Then, Bill got mixed up with the "wrong crowd". He ended up at their house of evil, where He took a "hit" from a marijuana cigarette and "freaked out". Bill joined in with "satan's children" as they danced uncontrollably, played piano jazz, and had wanton abandon sessions! Meanwhile, Mary's brother borrowed her car, took a puff from a "hemp-joint" and drove uncontrollably, running over a pedestrian, laughing mercilessly. Ultimately, poor Mary ended up at the "drug den" herself, being introduced to the "killer weed" by Ralph, a crazed "pot fiend" given to uncontrollable fits of hysterical laughter. Ralph took advantage of Mary, causing Bill (who was having a wanton abandon session with a female "pot-head" in another room) to lose control and attack Ralph. Suddenly, the swinging "dope pad" was turned into a murder house, as the co-owner of the hangout drew a gun. Bill fought him and Mary was inadvertantly shot dead! Bill was framed for Mary's homicide and Ralph was committed to an insane asylum. And, remember the wicked girl Bill was having wanton abandon with? Well, she was called upon to testify in court, and wound up diving out a window! Let us learn the lessons here! Remember, smoke only good wholesome tobacco, or drink harmless, invigorating alcohol; and leave the "reefer" to the ne'er-do-wells and hepcats of the world...
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing discovery... 29 Jan 2002
By Mart Sander - Published on
Just finished the three movies in a row, and there are no regrets! This DVD is fun, and more: there are nice extras including an almost finished crazed strip act, trailers, picture gallery and all, and three flicks well presented. The picture/sound quality is not at all as bad as I suspected, in fact some "quality" classics can be found released in much inferior quality. And the movies... they are great, and if you love the atmosphere of the thirties, these films, especially watched late night, give you the wonderful feeling of really attending a wild party, even without actual reefer involved. Whereas "Marihuana" is really stupid and "Reefer Madness" beautifully overblown, "Assassin of youth" is actually quite grasping. All films involve some pretty people, posh clothes and wild lindyhop. What more to be desired???
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REEFER MADNESS! 21 Dec 2000
By "magnanamus" - Published on
Kids, this has got to be one of the funniest titles available today, and it's SO old! Reefer Madness is an old Anti-Marijuana short film in which high school students who "toke hits of reefer ciragrettes" become "immoral, unjust and unforgivable" because, and I swear I'm not kidding, "Marijuana is more addictive and destructive then her sisters Heroin and Cocaine." This movie has it all, from slight truths to bold faced lies! It is a true testament to the American Marijuana War and just how hillarious our leaders can be at times. Buy a copy today! Do something for the cause.
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