Drug Addiction (1951)


 

Drug Addiction (1951) – This 50s Encyclopedia Britannica anti-drug film is about as campy as I’ve ever seen EB get. It tells the story of Marty, a nice, clean-cut 50s teen who succumbs to peer pressure and tries reefers. Before you know it, he’s a junkie mainlining heroin, and then experiences the inevitable downward spiral of losing his part-time job at the grocery store, worrying his parents, getting snubbed by all the other clean-cut teens, turning to shoplifting and thievery to support his habit, and finally becoming a drug pusher. (You know who the street pushers are because they’re the ones wearing turtlenecks, like all street pushers, amirite?) Eventually he gets arrested for all of this and, after his mother tearfully tells the judge that he’s a “good boy,” gets court-ordered into substance abuse treatment. But after he gets out of rehab, all the nice teens still shun him and he has to contend with pressure from his old junkie pals to start using again. This well-worn story is told in an incredibly dorky and hyperbolic fashion–highlights include Marty’s friends getting sick when they first smoke marijuana (Marty also feels sick but hides it–the sign of a true addict-in-the-making), Marty and his friends drinking Pepsi from broken bottles while in a hopped-up state, Marty’s mother trying to talk to her surly son about her worries about him, and the post-rehab Marty trying to resist the pressure of his old junkie pal, Duke, to start using again. As in all drug films, the marijuana

 

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12 Responses to Drug Addiction (1951)

  • HigherKyte17 says:

    I smoke weed, and I? fucking love it.

  • DelusionaryKiller says:

    That’s how people those days were, ignorant. Still, today people are? ignorant, so I should just say media.

  • Ebuverthebicepcurler says:

    The characterization of marijuana is false. Small amounts will not make you sick. Not to attack the film, much of what it says is true, but it is rather ignorant in? some areas.

  • 49jubilee says:

    back then, it was only the rich and poor, until the late 60s when it went middle class forever–now the country is full? of METH and city is full of CRACK

  • shananagans5 says:

    Thats great. Thanks for sharing.?

  • cellardoor199991 says:

    (Cont’d) I also learned that there is no excuse for that shit and my dad should have used the military’s FREE? facilities to correct himself and he didn’t because he’s a brain dead moron. I spent lots of time with the Navy Chaplan(priest/psychiatrist) and psych. classes. I finally broke the cycle of men being stupid/institutionalized because of the military in my family. I couldn’t be more proud of myself!

  • cellardoor199991 says:

    That’s a bingo! That’s why I experimented w/ drugs in the first place when I was 16. My parents didn’t do shit except watch TV, Argue non-stop, my father beat my mom and my oldest brother. I ended up spending lots of time w/ my friends families and learning from their parents. I graduated school, enlisted in the Navy for 4 yrs., and I’m about to get my college degree. I learned that my dad became institutionalized and let the military brainwash him like a fucking idiot! ?

  • shananagans5 says:

    No, they didn’t say it causes overdose death. They also greatly exaggerated some of the? stupid things people do when smoking pot. What they really should have shown is the kid that grows up neglected and in poverty because their parents never get off their butt and do something productive.

  • shananagans5 says:

    No, they didn’t say it causes overdose death. They also greatly exaggerated some of the stupid things people do when smoking pot. What they? really should have shown is the kid that grows up neglected and in poverty because their parents never get off their butt and do something productive.

  • SuperGreenbacon says:

    Notice how they did? NOT say that Marijuana overdose causes death. They knew this shit in the 50’s

  • Intoactionrehab says:

    A classic? film about drug addiction. This is a good post.

  • IceManLikeGervin says:

    I? love watching these old propaganda films.

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