SINISTER MENACE (sinister harvest) (1930/34 U.S.)
"Dwain Esper (NARCOTIC) presents" 15 b/w mins. of footage (akin to a newsreel) shot in Egypt (around 1930 i think). A very animated, serious American narrator was added. We first see fit examples of "young manhood" from the "Cairo gymnasium", then later broken men addicted to drugs (only hashish is actually mentioned) and going through withdrawal. Drugs are smuggled in oranges, bread and camel fur. The final shot is a junkie laying down in the desert to die. Esper was not known for his subtlety, and this is an interesting view for early exploitation/propaganda completists.

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