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Reefer Madness/The Burning Question (1936) | by “Caveman Chuck” Coker
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Reefer Madness/The Burning Question (1936)

Although produced as a serious anti-drug exploitation film, Reefer Madness became a cult comedy hit during the late 1960s and 1970s. It was one of the earliest hits during the golden age of the "midnight movie" in which theaters, especially those near colleges, would run the film at special screenings late at night during weekends.




If you still frame the newspaper which flashes on screen just before the verdict is announced at the end of the film, underneath the headline is another front-page news story which bears the smaller headline: "DICK TRACY, G-MAN, IN SENSATIONAL RAID".


The movie theater marquee reading "Terry Rooney in 'Any Old Love'", is a standing set from the picture Something to Sing About (1937).


Dwain Esper unsuccessfully sued a distribution company in the 1960s over the film rights, claiming that he had produced the film for the U.S. Army, and that he was the legal copyright owner. However, he was unable to support his claims, and lost the case.


Stars Dorothy Short (Mary) and Dave O'Brien (Ralph) were married the year this film was released (1936).


A special-edition DVD of the film was released in 2004, with an outrageously non-realistic colorization (the various characters who smoke all exhale brightly colored pastel smoke) and a satirical commentary track by Michael J. Nelson of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988).


Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) won a bunch of awards and was nominated for many more. It won an Emmy in 2005 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song: "Mary Jane/Mary Lane". It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography and nominated for another for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Non-Prosthetic). Also in 2005, it won a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Kristen Bell ) and another for Outstanding Motion Picture Made for Television. It was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Christian Campbell). In 2006 it was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement. Also in 2006, it was nominated for the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series'/Pilot. It was nominated in 2006 for an Eddie for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television.



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Taken on December 29, 2009