Classic marijuana & drug use propaganda movies collection. Full of outrageous & hilarious footage, these films portrayed marijuana as making people crazy.
Narcotics: Pit of Despair
Length: 28 Minutes
Following a boy from his introduction to drug usage to his state of drug dependency, Narcotics: Pit of Despair frighteningly depicts his addiction and encourages abstinence from all drugs. According to the film, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to harder drugs: chiefly heroin. Drug dependency destroys lives. Abuse leads to medical problems and run-ins with the police. The main character, Hank, learns this first hand, and is sentenced to rehab. After his release, Hank visits an old friend who uses drugs, only to learn that there is no end to his addiction. This film is a fascinating examination of the way drug use was viewed in the 1960s.
The Terrible Truth
Length: 10 Minutes
The kids at school with no backbone smoked marijuana. Such is the ridiculous rhetoric in this absurd vintage drug abuse film: The Terrible Truth. This color 1950s movie dramatically dissects drug addiction in the most dated, ignorant ways imaginable. Utilizing scare tactics, creepy music, and sinister looking actors, the film insists that marijuana addiction will lead to heroin addiction. The Terrible Truth is the perfect example of 1950s drug resistance and paranoia, while at the same time revealing the inaccuracies that were pedaled by the government at the time.
Length: 21 Minutes
Drug Addiction is a scare tactics video which attempts to illustrate the dangers of marijuana as a gateway drug for callow youths such as the main character, Marty, who we see spiral down from one hit of reefer to heroin and jail time. Slippery slope arguments follow a litany on the dangers of marijuana and the bad side effects of marijuana. Featuring great shots of Chicagos Juvenile Protection Association, this film captures stoners and drug addicts drinking from broken Pepsi bottles, buying drugs on the street, stealing from family members, and sitting in court for their crimes. Marty is eventually jailed, then rehabbed and reformed to his previous good boy status through hard physical labor and playing checkers with his fellow ex-addicts. This retro movie that contains hilariously dated marijuana facts and opinions on smoking weed. The physical effects of marijuana particularly emphasized.
Drugs In Our Culture
Length: 29 Minutes
Drugs in Our Culture is a clear, honest, and detailed depiction of drug use in the 1960s. The film is fairly even handed, especially for its time, and uses expert analysis to frame the (then) current picture of substance abuse and where it was expected to head. Drug abuse in school was a new and alarming problem that was facing America at this time. Marijuana is discussed in depth, but other more socially accepted drugs like alcohol and tobacco are taken to task as well. The film even examines possible societal influences for drug use, such as the increasing prevalence of prescription drugs and other chemical aids. The film also attacks the ever growing (and now dominant) pharmaceutical industry. Taking an even more progressive turn, drug addicts are treated as ill and in need of treatment – not prison. Overall, Drugs in Our Culture is a prescient and well informed movie that provides honest information.