Drugs: The Pit of Despair
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: September 26, 2017
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Kevin Tighe & Julie Conners|
|Directed by||Denis Sanders & Lee R. Bobker|
|Narrated by||Patrick Miller & Michael Tolan|
Description by OLDIES.com:
DRUG ADDICTION (1951): "Wherever there is a troubled personality, no matter how hidden or unrecognized, there may be a seed bed for drug addiction." Clean-cut teenager Marty Malone takes a hit of reefer and immediately turns into a full-blown drug addict. Soon he's indulging in bizarre activities that include hysterically laughing while cutting himself with a broken Pepsi bottle. This is particularly shocking since the narrator informs us that such behavior usually only occurs in "teeming slum areas, where human misery runs high."
SUBJECT: NARCOTICS (1951): Subject: Narcotics was made as a training film for the vice squad of your local police department, and "restricted from the general public and from all youth groups." That's too bad, because those innocent youngsters might've learned that "problems aren't solved" by "five or six puffs." Includes bogus footage of a round-up of drug addicts in downtown Los Angeles, who look more like members of an L.A. theater troupe. This is director Denis Sanders's first film; he later made the cult classic Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973).
NARCOTICS: PIT OF DESPAIR (1967): Mild-mannered student John Scott is feeling the pressures of school, parents, and dating. That is, until old friend Pete tells him, "Forget it, man, and get with the countdown. Shake this square world and blast off for KICKSVILLE!" One joint, and he's hooked! Before you know it, he's begging in alleyways for a fix. John is played by Kevin Tighe, in his first onscreen appearance (and at 23, a little old to be playing a naive high-schooler.) He is best known for starring alongside Randolph Mantooth on the NBC medical drama Emergency! (1972-1977) and his recurring role on Lost (2005-2010).
THE MIND-BENDERS: LSD AND THE HALLUCINOGENS (1967): In 1967, the Food and Drug Administration made this film to warn kids about the dangers of lysergic acid diethylamide, which was still three years away from being declared illegal by the government. A doctor tries to cozy up to hippies by telling us that "...rebellion is healthy! It leads to great things. But this is not eating a goldfish, or the hula hoop!" If anything, the surreal visuals (provided by Jackie Cassen and Rudi Stern, who handled the light shows at Timothy Leary's lectures) used to illustrate the interviewees' acid trip stories made more people want to try LSD! Narrated by Michael Tolan, the stage and television actor who also made appearances in films such as John and Mary (1969) and All That Jazz (1979).
- Sales Rank: 3,935
- UPC: 089218800091
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