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Marihuana

1936

See the truth about the smoke from Hell! ;-) This propaganda film depicting the "horrors" of marijuana use. A high school girl is led to ruin after befriending a drug dealer who invites her to a party at his beach house.



Marihuana is a 1936 exploitation film directed by Dwain Esper, and written by Esper's wife, Hildegarde Stadie.

Plot

Burma is a confused girl who likes to party. One day, she meets some strangers in a bar who invite her and her group to a party. She goes to the party with her friends, they all drink alcohol, only the girls at the party smoke marijuana unknowingly, and keep on laughing. The other girls wind up going skinny-dipping while Burma has sex with her boyfriend on the beach (which leads to her pregnancy).
One of the girls drowns at the skinny-dipping party and the rest of the friends have to keep the details of the party a secret. When Burma tells her boyfriend she is pregnant, she pressures him to marry her. He says everything will be fine and turns to the strangers who threw the party for a job in order to support his new upcoming family and responsibilities. The stranger gives him a job unloading smuggled drugs from a secret shipment to the docks. The police find out about this shipment, chase the smugglers, and end up shooting and killing Burma's boyfriend.
After Burma finds out about this news, she runs away from home, is forced to give the child up for adoption, and becomes a drug dealer. Burma moves on to (harder drugs) injecting heroin into herself. In the film's ending, Burma hatches a plan to kidnap and ransom her sister's adopted daughter for $50,000, but she later finds out that the child is, in fact, her own.

See also

  • Reefer Madness
  • Assassin of Youth
  • List of films in the public domain
  • List of films containing frequent marijuana use
Category:1936 films
Category:American films
Category:American social guidance and drug education films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about cannabis
Category:English-language films
Category:Exploitation films
Category:Films directed by Dwain Esper

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Dwain Esper, Hildegarde Stadie

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