Prohibition (1915)

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Actual, nationwide prohibition was still five years in the future when this reform-minded 5-reeler was released in 1915. Sponsored by several anti-liquor lobbies, the film features such "dry" advocates as William Jennings Bryan, Richard Pearse Hobson and Josephus Daniels. The dramatic portion of the film concerns a jilted suitor who exacts a terrible revenge upon his former sweetheart by transforming her teetotaling fiance into a hopeless drunk. In true Reefer Madness fashion, the film suggests that anyone can be turned into a lush with one single, solitary drink. Ironically, Prohibition was written by Hal Reid, whose movie-star son Wallace Reid died at age 30, not because of booze but because of drug addition.

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alcoholism, brother, killing, love-triangle, revenge, seduction