Narcotic

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

No first dibs for Nancy Reagan on the "Just Say No" school of anti-drug education. This vintage exploitation picture makes it clear that the first snort, toke or shot is step one on the road to ruin. Idealistic young doctor William Davis (not-so-young looking Harry Cording) believes in a healthy mind and a healthy body, but the stresses of running a free...read more

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No first dibs for Nancy Reagan on the "Just Say No" school of anti-drug education. This vintage exploitation picture makes it clear that the first snort, toke or shot is step one on the road to ruin. Idealistic young doctor William Davis (not-so-young looking Harry

Cording) believes in a healthy mind and a healthy body, but the stresses of running a free clinic lead him to sneak pick-me-ups from his supply cabinet. Worse, a Chinese friend from college (played by a distinctly un-Asian actor) introduces him to opium smoking, and the doctor is quickly hooked.

Anxious to marry his lovely nurse, Davis formulates a narcotic elixir that he promotes at carnivals and other low-rent venues. He becomes wealthy, but the shame of being married to a junkie huckster drives his wife away and Davis takes up with a series of cheap, drug-addled floozies. The demon

narcotic eventually destroys his health, and it goes without saying that it all ends very badly. Along the way we're treated to close-ups of drug shooting, an attempted rape and other titillating, mainstream movie no-nos. Written and codirected by exploitation pioneer Dwayne Esper and based

loosely on the unfortunate life of his wife Hildegaard's uncle, this anti-drug screed is a bizarro concoction that appears to have been shot over the course of several years. The opening scroll about the perils of drug use is wildly overwrought, the performances (and we use that term loosely) are

horribly wooden, and shots of car crashes, snakes fighting and a baby being born by cesarean section are inserted into the main story at apparently random intervals. Camp fans will love the hip dope party, in which a whole movie's worth of up-to-the-minute doper slang is crammed into a single

stilted conversation.

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  • Review: No first dibs for Nancy Reagan on the "Just Say No" school of anti-drug education. This vintage exploitation picture makes it clear that the first snort, toke or shot is step one on the road to ruin. Idealistic young doctor William Davis (not-so-young look… (more)

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