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(aka "Wild Weed" or "The Devil's Weed" or "She Shoulda Said 'No'!" or "The Story of Lila Leeds and Her Exposé of the Marijuana Racket"

or "Marijuana, the Devil's Weed" or "The Devil's Weed")

 

Directed by Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)
USA 1949

 

Directed by W. Merle Connell
USA 1949

 

After producing the wildly successful Mom and Dad, Kroger Babb, the godfather of the exploitation film, scored another coup by securing the involvement of Hollywood starlet Lila Leeds, who had been arrested in a high-profile marijuana bust with Robert Mitchum. “She Should’a Said ‘NO’!” stars Leeds as a party girl recruited by a hard-boiled cop (Lyle Talbot) to take down the sinister dope-pusher (Alan Baxter) responsible for the addiction and death of her brother (David Holt). Not to be outdone, producer George Weiss loaded his gymnasium pill-mill thriller The Devil’s Sleep with three celebrities: Mitchum’s brother John, Charlie Chaplin’s former teen bride Lita Grey, and Mr. America George Eiferman. But stealing the film, as always, was character actor Timothy Farrell, in the first of three appearances as crime boss Umberto Scalli.

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Theatrical Release: May 18th - July 14th, 1949

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Review: Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime

She Shoulda Said 'No"!: 1:11:11.558

The Devil's Sleep: 1:16:27.541        

Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,846,684,423 bytes

She Shoulda Said: 18,249,446,976 bytes

Devil's Sleep: 19,088,066,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.55 Mbps / 29.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate She Shoulda Said 'No'! Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Devil's Sleep Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary on
She Shoulda Said 'No!:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,846,684,423 bytes

She Shoulda Said: 18,249,446,976 bytes

Devil's Sleep: 19,088,066,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.55 Mbps / 29.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary for ""She Should'a Said 'NO'! By film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Trailer for "She Should'a Said 'NO'!" (1:23)
Trailer for "The Devil’s Sleep" (2:55)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 18th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10 / 11

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (August 2020): Kino have transferred another of their 'Forbidden Fruit' series to Blu-ray. This is Volume 6 and has 1949's She Should Have Said No and The Devil's Sleep. We have already reviewed Volume One Mom and Dad, (STDs, birth control), Unashamed / Elysia (nudity, nudist camps), Volume 4 - Marihuana and/ Narcotic (also drugs) and Tomorrow's Children / Child Bride (eugenics / child marriage - Volume 5.) The image quality is more solid than on the others in this Blu-ray series. There are still mark and speckles but generally the image is consistent - both She Should Have Said No and The Devil's Sleep look solid enough.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a linear PCM mono tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. It is largely unremarkable except for the score on She Should Have Said No by versatile journeyman Raoul Kraushaar's (often credited as Ralph Stanley) and the dramatic theremin themed music (as played by Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman) - Kraushaar is credited with scores for Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, 1953's Invaders from Mars, September Storm - 3D, and Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia. sounding a bit deeper with more consistent dialogue. Kino offer optional English subtitles for both features (see samples below) on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (author of 1000 Women In Horror, 1895-2018) on She Should Have Said No. She discusses Lila Leeds and her notoriety for being arrested together with actor Robert Mitchum on charges of marijuana possession. She subsequently spent sixty days in jail. She looked a bit like Lana Turner and was engaged to Turner's ex-husband Stephen Crane at the time of her arrest. She was said to have had a shoving match with Marilyn Monroe who was flirting with Crane outside a club. Leed's acting career never recovered from the scandal, she eventually studied religion and volunteered at local missions and soup kitchens. Heller-Nicholas's provides a fascinating commentary - very much worth listening to. There are also trailers for She Should Have Said No and The Devil's Sleep plus similar older exploitation features. 

One of the better of this 'Forbidden Fruit' series with credit to the commentary and links to Mitchum (his brother, John is in The Devil's Sleep.) I enjoyed indulging in these and saw plenty of star potential in Lila Leeds (who also starred in Reefer Madness.) The Kino Blu-rays of this series of 'unusual' exploitation cinema remain its own level of unique fascination. If you are, at all, keen, this one is certainly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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