Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

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PostSun Feb 24, 2013 3:36 am


Juanita Hansen -----------------------------------------------Wallace Reid-----------------------------------------------------Arthur Housman


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The drug addicted silent star's last ---------------------The drug addicted silent star widow's---------------------Arthur Tipsy Again

role was that of an alcohol abuser.-------------------------last role was in a reefer film.

Watch "Sensation Hunters" Here-------------------------Watch "Road To Ruin" Here------------------------------Watch Arthur in "Escort Girl"
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostMon Feb 25, 2013 10:32 am

See this adverts of early 1900 about cocaine, heroin, opiun, used in tablets, wine, and even products for kids and babies:


http://hypescience.com/10-inacreditavei ... as-drogas/


When such drugs was banned from pharmacy and became ilegal? Before the 20's ???

Maybe many silent films did not have a serious thematic about drugs, making some fun, because the drugs few years before was largelly used in day by day products.
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostThu Feb 28, 2013 12:57 pm

Raymond Hatton played Cokey (slang for coke addict)
Joe Miller in the movie Big Brother (1923).
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PostThu Feb 28, 2013 1:21 pm

All Darc wrote:See this adverts of early 1900 about cocaine, heroin, opiun, used in tablets, wine, and even products for kids and babies:

http://hypescience.com/10-inacreditavei ... as-drogas/" target="_blank" target="_blank

When such drugs was banned from pharmacy and became ilegal? Before the 20's ???


Food and Drug Act was 1906, the Harrison Narcotics Act was 1914. But not sure what you mean, opiates have never been banned from pharmacies as long as you had a physician's prescription. Or do you mean opiates available to purchase off the shelf or in various non-prescribed medications?
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostThu Mar 14, 2013 7:12 pm

Yes, some old drugs are still available with prescription, but no longer in wine, lotions or tablets.

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All Darc wrote:See this adverts of early 1900 about cocaine, heroin, opiun, used in tablets, wine, and even products for kids and babies:

http://hypescience.com/10-inacreditavei ... as-drogas/" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank

When such drugs was banned from pharmacy and became ilegal? Before the 20's ???


Food and Drug Act was 1906, the Harrison Narcotics Act was 1914. But not sure what you mean, opiates have never been banned from pharmacies as long as you had a physician's prescription. Or do you mean opiates available to purchase off the shelf or in various non-prescribed medications?
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostSun Mar 17, 2013 7:48 pm

Another to add. In the 3 strip Technicolor short LA FIESTA DE SANTA BARBARA 1935? A young Judy Garland and her sisters sing LA CUCARACHA with the original marijuna lyrics which dont appear in later filmed versions of the song I have heard.

I am not sure if the same lyrics appeared in the ealier technicolor LA CUCARACHA short starring Stefi Duna and Paul Porcasi. Anyone know?
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostMon Mar 25, 2013 9:07 pm

Yes the later technicolor short featured the Marijuana lyrics as well.

Anybody else know of any drug scenes or films that haven't been mentioned yet? I know there have to be a lot more out there....
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostTue Mar 26, 2013 11:31 am

Dorothy Mackaill has a drug problem and George O'Brien a drinking problem in The Man Who Came Back (1924).
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015110/combined

William Farnum plays a dual role in The Wonderful Adventure (1915), and one of his characters is a drug-addicted man.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006311/plotsummary
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostMon Apr 01, 2013 4:39 pm

The Lon Chaney mini-festival on TCM today reminds me of another: Lon Chaney's Outside the Law (1920).
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostTue May 28, 2013 6:28 pm

Moran of the Lady Letty

After the Mexican woman sells her dress to Chopstick Charlie she goes and purchases opium from a Chinese man. There's a quick still shot of the opium sitting on a table.
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostTue May 28, 2013 6:47 pm

" Boris Karloff plays a cocaine addict in Her Honor The Governor.."

Karloff plays a drug pusher in SMART MONEY (1930)

Martin Landau plays Lugosi ... indulging in his drug habit in ED WOOD
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostSat Aug 31, 2013 10:42 pm

That Douglas Fairbanks short where he parodies Sherlock Holmes and plays a coke addicted detective named "cokeanyday". It's from 1916 and it has Fish in the title.
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" That Douglas Fairbanks short where he parodies Sherlock Holmes .."


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PostFri Sep 06, 2013 11:09 pm

Most people have not seen this one but it is called The Devil's Assistant (1917) w/ Margarita Fischer where a doctor gets her addicted to drugs and then proceeds to drug her up and rape her while she has wild hallucinations of the grim reaper leading her into hell (where the doctor is Satan). While in hell she sees tortured souls in the sea, a 3 headed dog, and some of the best imagery of any depiction of hell. I have a 16mm reduction print which is why I have seen it.
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

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deverett wrote:Most people have not seen this one but it is called The Devil's Assistant (1917) w/ Margarita Fischer where a doctor gets her addicted to drugs and then proceeds to drug her up and rape her while she has wild hallucinations of the grim reaper leading her into hell (where the doctor is Satan). While in hell she sees tortured souls in the sea, a 3 headed dog, and some of the best imagery of any depiction of hell. I have a 16mm reduction print which is why I have seen it.


No THIS sounds like a hell of a movie!!
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PostSat Sep 07, 2013 5:40 am

Not quite on-topic here, but yesterday I was watching Kansas City Princess (1934), and wondering if it was technically a pre-code, since 1934 is the cusp year, until Robert Armstrong's hoodlum Dynamite asks his henchman Quincy (Vince Barnett) if he's "been hitting the nose candy."

I know there are lots of other casual references to drug use in early '30s films, but it's always a bit of a jolt to hear a fresh one.
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostFri Jan 10, 2014 5:36 pm

Just came across another: Essanay's three-reeler The Outer Edge (1915), starring H.B. Walthall as a doctor who loses his position and fortune when he becomes a drug addict. The drug-addicted doctor seems to come up fairly often. I wonder if it was a problem in real life?
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

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Number 16 Martin Street (1916)

LAEMMLE Drama in two reels, deals with modern criminology as it applies to the dope evil. Written by Bess Meredyth and produced by L. B. Carleton.
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PostFri Jan 10, 2014 9:24 pm

Fritz Lang's Spies, from 1928, has a scene where a supposedly respectable lady is blackmailed by the evil crime boss, and it shows us why...in a scene with her lounging in an opium den.
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostSat Jan 11, 2014 10:31 am

in Chaney's 1920 THE PENALTY, his character of Blizzard is killed in the final reel by one of his coke snorting henchman,(played by Jim Mason)
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostFri Apr 27, 2018 12:38 pm

silentfilm wrote:Image
Number 16 Martin Street (1916)

LAEMMLE Drama in two reels, deals with modern criminology as it applies to the dope evil. Written by Bess Meredyth and produced by L. B. Carleton.


IMDb quotes 'MARTIN PLACE'. Was this film retitled, or is there an error somewhere?
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Re: Films about Drugs or Substance Abuse

PostFri Apr 27, 2018 5:24 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
IMDb quotes 'MARTIN PLACE'. Was this film retitled, or is there an error somewhere?



Newspapers from 1916-17 advertise the film as No. 16 Martin Street, and
also one calls it No. 16 Martin Place.

But, I didn't search for just "Martin Place."

From newspaper archive GenealogyBank.com

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