Tuesday, July 22, 2008

EXTRA, EXTRA...Read All About it.

For many years I worked for newspapers and now we hear the print medium may be going out of style. Even becoming trivial. For example, here's a paper featured in a 1936 movie.

No, not really. It's a fake. A prop in an anti-drug propaganda film of the thirties. But, bear with me here.

The film later became a comedy cult classic in the late 60s and 70s, drawing college kids to Midnight Screenings. That's when I first saw it.

You probably don't remember the fake newspaper front page but I'm sure you've heard of the film."Reefer Madness."

The actual title was "Tell Your Children" and featured a trio of sleazy drug dealers, innocent teenagers, wild parties, jazz music and a shooting death, all revolving around "reefer" cigarettes. (Posters for the film spelled the evil drug as m-a-r-a-h-u-a-n-a.)

Take another look at that newspaper banner headline about the drug/murder trial. The smaller story below is about the exploits of Dick Tracy and a successful G-Man raid.

This particular movie newspaper is listed online. It's under Reefer Madness.... as trivia .

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