Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

"In Modern Times (1936), one of the few films with a major filmmaker and star to satirize drugs, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp mistakes cocaine for sugar and loads it onto his bowl of cereal. The scene is played for laughs; Charlies's humble character becomes a lion of courage and, under the influence of the "sweetener", saves prison officials from being taken hostage during an escape attempt. Nonetheless, as American films became more popular with middle-class audiences, major studios increasingly avoided drug themes- especially after drug-abuse scandals involving Hollywood stars in the 1920s."

-p. 521, The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, edited by Peter C. Rollins (2003)

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