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Assassin of Youth: 1938

Assassin of Youth: 1938

November 1938. "Truck carrying movie poster. Omaha, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Assassin literally means

"eater of hashish." So the title is probably cleverer than the plot of the film.

Fast forward 40 years

... and the children/grandchildren of those folks who were scared out of their wits by watching this movie would be yukking it up to the stoner antics of Cheech and Chong. My, how times change.

Now Playing at ______

Was the advertiser too stoned to insert the name of the theater?

These Crazy Kids of Today

It just goes to show you how bad it has gotten when these crazy kids of today are off doing marihuana. Oh - wait a minute - this was the fastest craze from 72 years ago! My bad.

When you pick up the paper

and see AGED WOMAN KILLED splashed across eight columns, you know where to lay the blame: marihuana!

The stilted dialogue and inept line readings are priceless.

Miss Frisbie [on motor scooter]: "I heard you're going to inherit your grandmother's money, Joan."

Joan [from sidewalk]: "Yes, it was in the PAAY-pur!"

[Miss Frisbie hits a bump in the road and takes a header off her ridiculous scooter. Passers-by cackle with delight.]

Joan: "Are you all right, Miss Frisbie?"
Miss Frisbie: "Land sakes, no. I mean yes!"

Now Playing

"A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers, not realizing that she is being framed by greedy relatives out to prevent her from getting an inheritance, and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends and save the clean and wholesome youth of the town from the horrors of marijuana addiction."

Back in 5 minutes

Had the driver just parked up while he went for a beer?

Dude !!

How funny is the word ASSASSin !! Really man, its too funny. Man, I am so hungry.

Suitable for framing

Thanks, Dave, for the Christmas gift idea; I have at least three, uhhh, liberal friends who will be getting this over the holidaze.

Where Are They Then?

Schlocko exploitation flix like this often drew upon the pool of Hollywood talent associated with more notable productions, albeit usually in character or bit parts or as extras. Here's the rundown of some of the credits for the folks in this one - drawn from the Internet Movie Database, which can't always be accepted as gospel:

Luana Walters: "A Star Is Born" (1937)
Arthur Gardner: producer of TV show "The Big Valley" (1965-1969)
Fay McKenzie: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
Michael Owen: "Stella Dallas" (1937)
Dorothy Short: "Reefer Madness" (1936)
Dorothy Vaughan: "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947)
Earl Dwire: "His Girl Friday" (1940)
Fern Emmett: "Swing Time" (1936)
Henry Roquemore (real-life husband of Fern Emmett): "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942)
Hudson Faucett: executive producer of TV game show "Tic Tac Dough"
Gay Sheridan: "King Kong" (1933)
Edwin Johnson: I only believe the IMDb's credit for this film
Director Elmer Clifton: assistant director, "The Birth of a Nation" (1915)
Cinematographer Edward Linden: cinematographer, "King Kong" (1933)

Cannabis, Mother of the Assassin!

No, I don't think that title would've worked.

Where's it from?

Dave, can you please zoom in on that dealer "tattoo" that's printed on the spare tire cover? That's a nice Chevy truck.

[Miller-Knuth Chevrolet. - Dave]

Watch out for the Reefer Man!!!

Oh, my God... It's Reefer Madness!

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