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Reefer Madness is the title of a 1936 film about cannabis, two books, a 2004 off-Broadway musical satirizing the original film (itself made into a television movie in 2005), a song by Hawkwind, and a one-off strip in the comic anthology 2000 AD. 1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Species Cannabis sativa Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis is a plant genus which includes the species Cannabis sativa and is also known as hemp, marijuana, marihuana, ganja, dope, pot, weed, grass or Mary Jane. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, telefilm, etc. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Hawkwind is a British rock music group. ... 2000 AD logo 2000 AD is a weekly British science fiction oriented comic. ...


1936 movie

Reefer Madness, originally titled Tell Your Children, is a 1936 cult film. Its running time is 1:04:43. A "reefer" is a marijuana cigarette. See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... A cult film is a movie that attracts a small but devoted group of obsessive fans or one that has remained popular over successive years amongst a small group of followers. ... This article refers to the type of cigarette. ...

This film was directed by Louis Gasnier, who had well learned the silent era craft of over-acting. Its cast was composed of mostly unknown bit actors. The story was written by Laurence Meade. The plot revolves around the tragic events that follow when high school students are lured by pushers to try "marijuana": a killing, a suicide, and a descent into madness all ensue.

Though variously described as an anti-drug propaganda film financed by moralists, Harry Anslinger's FBI, or even by anti-hemp interests such as Dupont or William Randolph Hearst, Reefer Madness was produced as an exploitation film, thinly veiled as an educational piece to comply with the Hays code. Such education-exploitation films were common in the years following adoption of the Code, and the subject of cannabis was particularly popular in the hysteria surrounding Anslinger's 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ... A propaganda film is a film, often a documentary, produced for the express purpose of propaganda: convincing the viewer of a certain political point. ... Harry J. Anslinger (1892-1975) is widely considered to be The first United States drug czar. Currently, many firmly oppose Anslinger for his rhetoric-based crusade against marijuana, fueling decades of misinformation about the drug based on racism and fear. ... U.S. Marihuana production permit, from the film Hemp for Victory. ... This article is about the DuPont company. ... William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate, born in San Francisco, California. ... Exploitation is the name given to genre of films, extant since the earliest days of moviemaking, but popularized in the 1970s. ... The Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) was a set of guidelines governing the production of motion pictures. ... In the United States, the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was one of the cornerstone bills that led to the criminalization of Cannabis. ...

Rights to the film passed through a number of hands before its entry into the public domain, notably those of cinematic exploiter Dwain Esper, who cut in extra "dirty bits" and began to sell the film on the rural circuit. After a period in obscurity it was discovered in the Library of Congress archives in 1972 by NORML founder Keith Stroup, who made it the darling of pot smokers and college campuses. For this modern audience the poor production values and overacting create an uproarious comedy that provides perspective on the current "War on Drugs". Stroup is also responsible for the notion that the film was originally created as a propaganda piece. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML (pronounced normal) is a US-based non-profit corporation founded in 1970 to, according to their most recent mission statement, move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by... Keith Stroup. ... The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ...

Other less-known films in the same genre include Esper's own "Marihuana" and Elmer Clifton's "Assassin of Youth." A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ...

Reefer Madness is now in the public domain and is available online. A colorized version of the movie is available; the smoke from the "marijuana" was made to appear green, red, blue, orange, and even purple.


"Isn't it true that you have, perhaps unwillingly, acquired a certain harmful habit through association with certain undesirable people?" (29:30)

External links

  • Internet Archive: Reefer Madness (http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=feature_films&collectionid=reefer_madness1938s)
    • DivX .avi 291 MB (http://www.archive.org/download/Reefer_Madness/Reefer_Madness.avi)
    • MPEG4 .mp4 150 MB (http://www.archive.org/download/Reefer_Madness/Reefer_Madness_256kb.mp4)
  • Reefer Madness (1936) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028346/) at the Internet Movie Database

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1998 book

Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana (1998) is a book written by Larry "Ratso" Sloman. The book is a popular social history of marijuana use in the United States.

2003 book

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (2003) is a book written by Eric Schlosser. The book is a look behind the 10% underground economy of the U.S. that includes marijuana, migrant labor, and pornography. Eric Schlosser is an American journalist and author. ... The underground economy consists of all trade that occurs without government permission or effectual intervention (in the form of taxation or price regulation). ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has news related to this article: United States United States government Official website of the United States government - Gateway to governmental sites White House - Official site of the US President Senate. ... Cannabis is a plant also known as Cannabis sativa, hemp, or marijuana. ... A foreign worker (cf expatriate), is a person who works in a country other than the one of which he or she is a citizen. ... Pavonazzeto marble sculpture, see Erotic art in Pompeii Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ...


Reefer Madness (2004) is a musical satire of the 1936 Reefer Madness. The book was written by Kevin Murphy and the lyrics by Dan Studney. Directed by Andy Fickman, it was initially shown in a theatre in Los Angeles and then moved to the New York "off-Broadway" scene. The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... Kevin Murphy may refer to: Kevin Murphy is an Irish politician. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ...


The scene: a high school auditorium. The Lecturer tells the assembly of anxious parents all about the evils of marijuana ("Reefer Madness") before, with the help of his assistants, launching into the tragic tale of one boy's struggles with the demon weed. That boy, Jimmy Harper, is a fine upstanding youth, with the love of the fair Mary Lane. The two are sure they would live happily ever after ("Romeo and Juliet"). But across town at the reefer den, the weed-pusher Jack and his cronies Sally and Ralph are living in the depths of depravity. Jack's moll Mae explains how she came to such a sorry state ("The Stuff"); meanwhile, Jack goes out to recruit new addicts at Miss Poppy's soda counter ("The Ol' Five and Dime"). There he meets Jimmy, whom he lures back to the house and offers a stick of reefer. Jimmy takes one puff and immediately becomes a slavering maniac ("Jimmy Takes a Hit/The Orgy"). He forgets all about Mary Lane for weeks and weeks, while she sits in church alone ("Lonely Pew"). One night, Jimmy and Ralph break into the church in order to steal the poorbox for drug money. Jesus himself comes down from the cross and, in a musical revue hosted by Joan of Arc, exhorts Jimmy to kick the habit ("Listen to Jesus, Jimmy"). But Jimmy is too far gone; he has a new god now. He goes back to the reefer den, and to Sally. One dark night, Jimmy and Sally are driving back to the house, stoned, when their car hits and kills an old man. Sally runs off, and Jimmy, scared straight, drives in a panic to Mary's house, where he tells her that he still loves her and that they must go far, far away. Mary happily accepts him back, and everything seems right with the world ("Loved by Mary Lane"). Japanese high school students in uniform High school, or Secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan (Republic of China) (only junior high school) and the United States. ... Romeo and Juliet is a famous play by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossed lovers. ... Five and dime was a common nickname in the United States for five-and-ten-cent stores (also called 5 and 10s), popular in the early to mid-20th century. ... Pews in rows in a church A pew is a long bench used for seating of a church congregation. ... Alms Bag taken from some Tapestry in Orleans, Fifteenth Century. ... Jesus, also known as Jesus Christ*, Jesus of Nazareth, and Jesus the Nazarene, is the central figure in Christianity. ... Image of Joan of Arc, painted between 1450 and 1500 (Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris, AE II 2490). ...

But Jack knows that if the police catch Jimmy, his reefer empire will be shattered. So he waits for Jimmy at Mary's house and offers him an innocent-looking chocolate brownie. Jimmy eats the brownie and immediately forgets all about Mary Lane ("The Brownie Song"). He goes back to the reefer den. But this time Mary follows him, thinking to rescue him — instead, Ralph ensnares her with his fraternity jacket and a puff of reefer ("Little Mary Sunshine"). Jimmy comes downstairs and finds Mary making out with Ralph; he attacks Ralph and the two begin wrestling. Jack comes in and tries to break up the fight, while Mae reproaches them all for corrupting such an innocent as Mary. In the scuffle, Jack's gun goes off; Mary is shot through the heart ("Mary's Death"). Jimmy comforts her, but it is too late; she dies in his arms. The police appear, summoned by the gunshot, and Jack fingers Jimmy as the killer. He is taken away; the radio reveals that he has been sent to death row. Upon hearing this news, Ralph goes insane, thinking that Jimmy, Mary, and the rest of the youths whose lives marijuana has ruined are stalking him from beyond the grave ("Murder"). Spooked, Jack and Mae go off to find some food while Sally stays behind to keep an eye on the raving Ralph. They return to find that Ralph, in the throes of reefer-induced hunger pangs, has murdered Sally and eaten her body. Jack shoots him and he dies. But now Mae is beginning to see visions of Jimmy, Mary, Sally, and Ralph, all accusing. To regain her sanity the only way she knows, she hacks Jack to death and kicks the habit once and for all (reprise: "The Stuff"). Seeing in the daily paper that the President will be coming to town to judge a dance contest, she determines to talk to him and gain a Presidential pardon for Jimmy. They burst into the electrocution chamber at the last second and free the doomed boy, who joins them in their crusade to tell the world about the evils of marijuana ("Tell 'em the Truth"). On this note, the Lecturer's presentation ends, and the entire audience joins in to explain how they, too, will join the fight against things they don't understand (reprise: "Reefer Madness"). Chocolate brownies In American cooking, a chocolate brownie, also known as a Boston brownie or simply just brownie, is a small, rich, chocolate cake, named after its rich brown color. ... An Alice B. Toklas brownie, also known more colloquially as a magic brownie or special brownie, is a dessert containing cannabis. ... While the terms fraternity and sorority may be used to describe any number of social and charitable organizations, including the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, International and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada, though... Death Row is a term in the United States of America which refers to that section of prisons which house persons awaiting capital punishment. ... Order: 32th President Vice President: John N. Garner Henry A. Wallace Harry S. Truman Term of office: March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 Preceded by: Herbert Hoover Succeeded by: Harry S. Truman Date of birth: January 30, 1882 Place of birth: Hyde Park, New York Date of death: April 12... A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the penalty associated with it. ... The first electric chair, which was used to execute William Kemmler in 1890 The electric chair was a device commonly used for execution of convicted criminals during the 20th century in the USA. It was first used in the late 19th century. ...

2005 movie

A "remade" Reefer Madness movie premiered on April 16, 2005, on the Showtime cable network. It is a television movie version of the 2004 musical, and stars Alan Cumming as the Lecturer and Kristen Bell as Mary. The movie also stars siblings Christian and Neve Campbell as Jimmy Harper and Miss Poppy, respectively. Bell, Christian Campbell, and John Kassir reprise their roles from the stage; Robert Torti, who played both Jack and Jesus on the stage, portrays only the latter in the movie version (Steven Weber plays Jack in the movie). Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, telefilm, etc. ... Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2. ... Kristen Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress who currently stars in the U.S. television show Veronica Mars. ... Christian Campbell, in a still from All My Children. ... Neve Campbell Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian film and television actress. ... John Kassir (born October 24, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian who has been active in many facets of entertainment since 1984. ... Several people go by the name Steven Weber: Steven Weber is an American actor from Queens,New York. ...

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"Reefer Madness" is also a song by Hawkwind, obviously an ironic reference to the movie of the same name since the band were known to experiment with drugs. Hawkwind is a British rock music group. ...

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