The Terrible Truth - 1950's
The Terrible Truth – 1950’s

“Most teenagers start off with marijuana then decide to see if heroin has any kick.  It does.  Sometimes it only takes a few days to find out they can’t leave it alone. In order to get money to buy it they turn to crime and that’s the story … ”

In this Cold War era anti-drug film, the point is, if you smoke marijuana, you are destined to become a heroin addict, just like Phylis.

Sticking to the principals of red-scare tactics, a Harry Truman-like, hard-nosed narrator leads us through a cautionary tale, where once you start, you are forever a member, just like the commies.

Shot in color in early 1950’s Los Angeles.

Classic lines include, “They both ‘smoked pot.’ That’s Jive talk for marijuana.”

… Brilliant!