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Media Propaganda: Movies & Films

Whilst politicians drive the war on drugs, the mainstream media provide a central role in misleading the public and maintaining the ignorance which supports it. This is achieved via propaganda and censorship. The results, in terms of human misery and death, are everywhere to be seen.

This is not a new phenomenon. It has evolved over generations, and is perhaps more effective now than ever. Even a cursory glance through drug related coverage across newspapers, television and major Internet portals is sufficient to confirm this first-hand.

In terms of safety, this is particularly stark. For example, are threshold doses for even the most notorious drugs anywhere to be seen? Are the onset values presented? Is there any life-critical safety data at all (for instance, as published in The Honest Drug Book)? This mainstream absence of vital harm reduction content even applies despite offers by the book’s publisher to allow re-production of major segments.

To various degrees, users continue to be demonised and information which would without doubt reduce the number of casualties continues to be censored. Education and knowledge save lives, but the media is unwilling to facilitate or engage.

HISTORICAL EXAMPLES
Presented below are a number of historical examples of anti-drug propaganda in the form of complete movies and films. These will be added to over time.

By modern standards the propaganda may be crude, but the underlying narrative remains in play.  

REEFER MADNESS (1936)

TRAILER:


THE FULL MOVIE:


Directed by Louis J. Gasnier
Produced by George Hirliman
Screenplay by Arthur Hoerl
Story by Lawrence Meade
Cinematography Jack Greenhalgh
Edited by Carl Pierson
Starring: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White, Warren McCollum, Carleton Young

Running time 68 minutes


MARIHUANA (1936)

TRAILER:


THE FULL MOVIE:


Directed by Dwain Esper
Story by Hildagarde Stadie
Cinematography Roland Price
Edited by Carl Himm
Starring: Harley Wood, Hugh McArthur, Pat Carlyle, Paul Ellis, Dorothy Dehn, Richard Erskine, Juanita Fletcher, Hal Taggart, Gloria Browne, Barry Norton

Running time 57 minutes


HEMP FOR VICTORY (1942)



Directed by Raymond Evans
Produced by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Written by Brittain B. Robinson
Starring Lee D. Vickers (Narrator)
Music by Reuben Ford (Monaural)

Running time 14 minutes


SHE SHOULDA SAID NO! (1949)



Directed by Sam Newfield
Produced by Kroger Babb
Screenplay by Richard H. Landau
Story by Arthur Hoerl
Narrated by Knox Manning
Music by Raoul Kraushaar
Cinematography Jack Greenhalgh
Edited by Richard C. Currier, seth Larsen
Starring: Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Lila Leeds, Michael Whalen, David Holt

Running time 70 minutes


THE ROAD TO RUIN (1934)



Directed by Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer
Produced by Willis Kent
Written by Dorothy Davenport, Willis Kent (uncredited)
Cinematography James Diamond
Edited by S. Roy Luby
Starring Helen Foster, Nell O'Day, Glen Boles

Running time 62 minutes