Narcotic (1937)





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Exploitation auteur Dwain Esper directed this hare-brained exposé on the perils of drug addiction. William Davis (Harry Cording) is a young doctor eager to establish his practice when he makes the mistake of striking up a friendship with wily Asian Gee Wu (J. Stuart Blackton Jr.). Gee Wu introduces William to one of his favorite pastimes, opium, and it isn't long before William is a hopeless addict. As his habit grows, William's wife (Joan Dix) becomes increasingly alarmed and persuades him to get medical help. However, quacks foolishly swap William's opium habit for a prescribed dependence on heroin, leading the hapless medico back where he started. Like most of Esper's films, The Narcotic was scripted by Hildegarde Stadie, who happened to be Esper's wife; she supposedly based the story on her uncle's own unfortunate experience with opiates.
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Harry Cording
as Dr. William G. Davis
Joan Dix
as Mrs. Davies
Jean Lacy
as Lena
Paul Panzer
as Cashier
Miami Alvarez
as Drug Addict
Charles Bennett
as Hand Wrestler
Josef Swickard
as Federal Narcotic Agent
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