NARCOTIC / One Night of Bliss... A Thousand Nights of Hell..! - 1933
An opening scroll tells us that NARCOTIC was "presented in the hope that the public may become aware of the terrific struggle to rid the world of drug addiction." The movie is nothing but a salacious look into a world of sordid pleasures. It tells the story of Dr. William G. Davies, an infamous snake-oil salesman who started his career as a promising medical student. But. after a single night of relaxation in a Chinatown opium den, Davies becomes addicted to drugs, and soon thereafter, his medical practice deteriorates...
This Dwain (MANIAC) Esper production stars Harry (ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR/ HYDE) Cording, Joan (HYPNOTIZED) Dix, Patricia (KING OF THE JUNGLE) Farley, Jean (GUILTY PARENTS) Lacy and J. Stuart (MARCH OF THE MOVIES) Blackton Jr.
Here's Dr. Davis, he's talking with his Asian friend, Gee Wu, who is an opium smoker. Dr. Davis is fascinated with Wu's tales of the benefits of doing drugs...
Davis recalls an incident as a medical student where he cut the baby out of the mother's stomach to save it after she was killed by an out of control automobile... That top still looks like the guy's piloting some kind of alien spaceship!
Look at that, some medical dude from a Daffy Duck cartoon!!
So, Dr. Davis and a pal spend a blissful night in an opium den, it's the beginning of the end!
Davis feels like a superman now, he can conquer the world, no prob!!
This taxi driver is nearly crazy , he needs his fix... It hits him so hard that he has no idea what he's doing, including running straight into an oncoming train! It amazes me what filmmakers could get away with back in the day!
At the local side show, Dr. Davis pushes his miracle cure, which is nothing more than tiger fat. He gets paid by the cashier after his act is complete.
Now it's time to party!!.. The host brings out an assortment of drugs so that the guests can choose their own preference. Yeah, well... Just pass me a joint.
This gal likes to snort and shoot up, bringing out her sexy side, what else?!
At the end of the session, a gong sounds, time to go home! Mrs. Davis automatically gets paranoid... The next morning at their apartment, Davis can't find his money, so, gets wifey out of bed, and because she doesn't know where the money is, he rips her dress off and leaves the place in a huff.
A year later or so, Davis has a visitor. Davis explains how drugs has helped him see into the future! And, he's told that if he could see into the future, he would have known that drugs would destroy his life!
The horrible truth sets in...
Now, there's only one way to square things up!.. Remember kids, don't use drugs, or...... Tune in tomorrow when Eegah!! will try and entertain the troops, here, at The Dungeon!