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Cocaine Fiends (1936)

Cocaine Fiends





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Often compared to Reefer Madness, this low-budget exploitation melodrama features Lois January as Jane Bradford, a small-town coffee-shop waitress falling in love with smooth-talking city hoodlum Nick Brogan (Noel Madison), who gets her hooked on cocaine. While Jane goes from pretty ingénue to a hardened nightclub habitue known as Lil, her brother Eddie (Dean Benton), a waiter in a drive-in restaurant, is persuaded by co-worker Fanny (Sheila Manners) to enjoy a night on the town. They both become addicts and Fanny is reduced to walking the streets for money. Pregnant and rejected by the hopped-up Eddie, she finally kills herself. Nick, meanwhile, attempts to seduce Dorothy Farley (Lois Lindsay), a bleach-blonde debutante, but the girl is saved in the nick of time by Jane/Lil, who shoots and kills their tormentor. The police arrive to arrest not only Jane but also the mysterious Mr. Big, who turns out to be Dorothy's father (Frank Shannon). Cocaine Fiends also features well-known character actress Fay Holden ("Hasn't he told you yet? Those headache powders are dope!"), who hides behind her original stage moniker of Gaby Fay, and a full-length floor show that includes gawky singer Nona Lee performing "All I Want Is You." The film was a remake of Willis Kent's silent The Pace That Kills (1928), footage from which is used throughout.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
Media Home Entertainment


Dean Benton
as Eddie Bradford
Lois Lindsay
as Dorothy Farley
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All Critics (2)

Its drug of choice really does present dangers to society and its unfortunate an inept film like this is just something to be laughed at or ignored.

Full Review… | October 4, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Some big laughs in this good-kids-go-real-bad-real-fast movie, but muddy visuals make LONG sections of Fiends unwatchable. Don't hold your breath for a Kino transfer.

July 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Cocaine Fiends


5.5/10. The plot is a bit far fetched, but I still found it interesting to watch. What hurts the film the most is the wooden and amateurish acting. It is exagerrated, but it makes it's point loud and clear. Campy fun.

James Higgins

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