While London Sleeps (1922)

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This feature reflects the time in which it was made and is an uninspired, unintentionally humorous anti-drug film. Hilda Bayley stars as a young woman who runs away from home after an argument with her father. She goes to the home of a friend who is an actress and cocaine addict. Soon Hilda is offered some of the white powder by a villainous Chinaman. She is happy when she tries it but soon falls victim to ridiculous histrionics. Her father discovers her whereabouts and rushes to the den of inequity to shoot the Chinese pusher before turning the gun on himself. Hilda, her friend, and a heroic male acquaintance then go to church to repent their sins and are seemingly cured of their dreaded addiction.

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actor, addiction, argument, daughter, drugs, father, murder, runaway [from home], suicide