Hollywood's sensational semi-documentary
film, "Wild Weed," gives its producers ample opportunity to carry
out their expressed purpose. that of showing dramatically the evils
of marijuana smoking and the greater excesses to which it eventually
The real life story of Lila Leeds,
star of the picture, admittedly parallels the film story in many
ways. She spent sixty days in jail after being found guilty, along
with film star Robert Mitchum, of marijuana conspiracy charge. She
was placed on probation for a period of five years. The twenty-one-year-old
blonde actress hopes that by appearing in this picture she will
help dissuade other young people from taking up the dangerous drug
which nearly ruined her career.
Lila proved herself such a capable
actress in "Wild Weed" that she got excellent notices from the critics
in Los Angeles and Chicago where the picture recently opened. It
is now believed that, despite her unfortunate start, she will some
day become one the leading feminine stars in the motion picture
Producer Richard Day and Director
Sherman Scott are to be congratulated on their dramatic handling
of this absorbing story of drug addiction. They have told their
tale as seen through the eyes of a young girl who believes she must
smoke marijuana to be "one of the crowd." She attends a "tea party"
and is persuaded to join the others to "get high on their sticks."
She loses her fear of drugs after her first "reefer" because she
feels little effect, so keeps on smoking.
Later her inhibitions become subordinated
to the impulse of the moment, when her young passions have become
aroused. The picture presents in several exciting sequences the
dangers to which the smoking of marijuana cigarettes exposes thrill-loving
teenadgers and the tragic results it leaves upon their young lives.
The great dramatic impact of the
picture is credited largely to its authenticity. Eureka Productions,
which is distributing "Wild Weed," hopes to book it in all major
cities very soon.
A realistic "tea party," as a marijuana
smoking session is called among its devotees, was created for the
cameras during the making of "Wild Weed." The accompanying photos
show how the cast members frankly portray the mounting excitements
and loss of inhibitions as the "tea party" progresses.