Series - MGM's Crime Does Not Pay

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1. Buried Loot (1935)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An embezzler who expects to serve his time in prison and then pick up his buried loot is in for a surprise.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Brooks Benedict, James Ellison, Chuck Hamilton, Irene Hervey

Votes: 162

2. Alibi Racket (1935)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

How police interrogation cracks the "airtight" alibi of a criminal.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Granville Bates, Al Bridge, Eddie Dunn, Irene Hervey

Votes: 73

3. Desert Death (1935)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A man kills his cousin in the desert, then assumes his identity and tries to collect insurance on himself.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Raymond Hatton, Harvey Stephens, Erville Alderson, Richard Carlson

Votes: 17

4. A Thrill for Thelma (1935)

Passed | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way, and winds up in jail.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Irene Hervey, Robert Livingston, Robert Warwick, William Tannen

Votes: 120

5. Hit-and-Run Driver (1935)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A man runs over a young couple on a deserted road, then leaves the scene and tries to cover up the incident.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Sam Flint, William Gould, Jonathan Hale, Irene Hervey

Votes: 54

6. The Perfect Set-Up (1936)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

The City of New York Police Captain Detectives Hewitt tells the story of Alan Saunders, one of the most unusual criminals of our time, in "A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" short.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Helene Chadwick, Robert Dudley, William Gould, Mahlon Hamilton

Votes: 70

7. Foolproof (1936)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

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Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Niles Welch, Alonzo Price, John Marsden, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 13

8. The Public Pays (1936)

Approved | 19 min | Crime, Drama, Short

A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.

Director: Errol Taggart | Stars: Richard Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Harry C. Bradley, Russ Clark

Votes: 146

9. Torture Money (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edwin Maxwell, George Lynn, Murray Alper, King Baggot

Votes: 113

10. It May Happen to You (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

From MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" Series. Mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, King Baggot, William Bailey, Barbara Bedford

Votes: 45

11. Soak the Poor (1937)

Approved | 16 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Entry number 11 in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with racketeers shaking down small grocers and horning in on the relief tickets, forcing prices up with the consumers paying the freight.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Leslie Fenton, Leon Ames, Ted Billings, John Butler

Votes: 67

12. Give Till It Hurts (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Crime, Short, Drama

The MGM crime reporter introduces Mr. Duncan, the head of a charity chest of a large city. Duncan talks about racketeers who steal from charities, which in essence is robbing those who ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Janet Beecher, Clay Clement, Howard Hickman, King Baggot

Votes: 26

14. What Price Safety! (1938)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Racketeers muscle in on construction business, use inferior materials, make big profits and endanger the public safety.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lionel Royce, George Houston, John Wray, John Butler

Votes: 51

15. Miracle Money (1938)

Approved | 21 min | Crime, Short

A quack doctor convinces people that this "Volta Ray" cures cancer.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: John Miljan, Boyd Crawford, Robert Middlemass, E. Alyn Warren

Votes: 80

16. Come Across (1938)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A bank robber pulls off a heist and comes out with a good haul. However, he winds up being forced to give most of it to his gangland "friends" to hide him from the police, and who now turn ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Bernard Nedell, Bernadene Hayes, Rita La Roy, Donald Douglas

Votes: 9

17. A Criminal Is Born (1938)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, it tells the true story of how a young man, ignored by his parents, gets into a gang and starts a crime spree which leads to murder.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: George P. Breakston, David Durand, Norman Phillips Jr., Warren McCollum

Votes: 83

18. They're Always Caught (1938)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Crime

Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt, Charles Waldron

Votes: 157

20. The Wrong Way Out (1938)

Passed | 17 min | Crime, Short, Drama

In this entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, young Ann Stevens and "Windy" Brown, against the advice of both sets of parents, run away and get married as they yearn for'independence.' ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Machatý | Stars: Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry, William Bailey, Robert Elliott

Votes: 75

21. Money to Loan (1939)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Drama, Short

The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Alan Dinehart, Paul Guilfoyle, John Butler, Addison Richards

Votes: 34

22. While America Sleeps (1939)

Approved | 21 min | Crime, Short

An episode in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Dave Miller, an aircraft plant worker, is actually selling secret bomber plans to foreign agents. United States Intelligence Department agents... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Dick Purcell, Lenita Lane, Egon Brecher, Frederick Vogeding

Votes: 16

23. Help Wanted (1939)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Tom Neal, Jo Ann Sayers, Clem Bevans, Edward Pawley

Votes: 12

24. Think First (1939)

Approved | 21 min | Drama, Short

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Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Marc Lawrence, Laraine Day, Jo Ann Sayers, Ann Morriss

Votes: 17

25. Drunk Driving (1939)

Approved | 22 min | Drama, Short

In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Dick Purcell, Jo Ann Sayers, Richard Lane, King Baggot

Votes: 102

26. Pound Foolish (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Short, Drama

An expose of attempts by wealthy people to avoid payment of customs duties. Part of the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Lynne Carver, Gertrude Michael, Victor Varconi

Votes: 10

27. Know Your Money (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with the efforts of the Secret Service to detect counterfeit money and prosecute those responsible for such crimes.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Noel Madison, Dennis Moore, Charles D. Brown, William Edmunds

Votes: 71

28. Jack Pot (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Drama, Short

An entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series, which deals with illegal gambling and illegal bookmaking.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Morriss, Edwin Maxwell, Jean Rouverol

Votes: 70

29. Women in Hiding (1940)

Approved | 22 min | Crime, Drama, Short

The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Marsha Hunt, Jane Drummond, Mary Bovard, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 160

30. Buyer Beware (1940)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with shady companies selling fake merchandise.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Charles Arnt, Hugh Beaumont, Margaret Bert, Egon Brecher

Votes: 55

31. Soak the Old (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

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Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: Ralph Morgan, George Cleveland, Cathy Lewis, George Lessey

Votes: 31

32. You, the People (1940)

Approved | 21 min | Drama, Short, Crime

This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Doesn't Pay", features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime "machine" to fraudently win re-election for the current corrupt mayor. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: C. Henry Gordon, Byron Shores, Paul Everton, Matt McHugh

Votes: 89

33. Respect the Law (1941)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Shows how so-called "minor" lawbreakers can do more damage than major criminals.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Moroni Olsen, Richard Lane, Frank Orth, William Forrest

Votes: 45

34. Forbidden Passage (1941)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

This short film portrays the U.S. Department of Immigration's efforts to capture a ring of smugglers who prey on desperate immigrants waiting entry by convincing them they have influence with the Immigration Service if they just pay a fee.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Addison Richards, Wolfgang Zilzer, Hugh Beaumont, George Lessey

Votes: 185

35. Coffins on Wheels (1941)

Approved | 17 min | Crime, Short, Drama

Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Darryl Hickman, Tommy Baker, Allan Lane, Cy Kendall

Votes: 115

36. Sucker List (1941)

Approved | 19 min | Crime, Short, Drama

Mr. Brown and his racketeer buddies, calling their company "Best Selections", come up with a scheme to bilk those already seemingly desperate for money of what little they have. The scheme ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Lynne Carver, Noel Madison, John Archer, George Cleveland

Votes: 83

37. For the Common Defense! (1942)

Approved | 22 min | Crime, Drama, Short

This Crime Does Not Pay short shows how cooperation among all the nations of the Americas helps the war effort. In this case, a US government agent travels to Chile and Colombia. He works ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kenward | Stars: John Litel, Douglas Fowley, Stephen McNally, Van Johnson

Votes: 160

38. Keep 'Em Sailing (1942)

Approved | 20 min | Drama, Short

An FBI agent goes undercover to investigate the sabotage of American cargo ships.

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: Jim Davis, Ian Keith, George Travell, Frederick Worlock

Votes: 32

39. Plan for Destruction (1943)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Drama, History

This short documentary looks at Nazi Germany's plan for world domination by reviewing the effects of and bitterness felt over the defeat in WWI and focusing on the geopolitical concepts of Prof. Karl Haushofer and his influence on Hitler.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Lewis Stone, Frank Reicher, George Lynn, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 116

40. Patrolling the Ether (1944)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Drama

1940. Sixteen year old Phillip is one of a number of amateur radio operators across the US, doing it purely as a fun hobby. He is informed by Bill Beck of the Radio and Intelligence ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: Hazel Brooks, Marc Cramer, Richard Crane, Donald Curtis

Votes: 36

41. Easy Life (1944)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Short, Drama

In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: Steven Geray, Bernard Thomas, William 'Bill' Phillips, William Challee

Votes: 48

42. Dark Shadows (1944)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A police psychiatrist is enlisted to catch a homicidal killer.

Directors: Walter Hart, Paul Burnford | Stars: Henry O'Neill, Morris Ankrum, Arthur Space, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 83

43. Fall Guy (1945)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

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Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: Leon Ames, Marjorie Davies, Paul Langton, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 10

44. The Last Installment (1945)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A young, soon-to-be-released convict idolizes the exciting life of a famous Roaring Twenties gangster he reads about in a magazine serial, but the warden tells him how the story ends before he can read the last installment.

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: Walter Sande, Cameron Mitchell, William 'Bill' Phillips, Robert Lewis

Votes: 75

45. Phantoms, Inc. (1945)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Crime, Drama

This Crime Does Not Pay short subject tells the lesson of how confidence men pray on emotions and insecurities with the story of the mother of a missing soldier who is conned out of her money when seeking comfort from a fake spiritualist.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Dorothy Adams, Morris Ankrum, King Baggot, Wally Cassell

Votes: 106

46. A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Passed | 19 min | Drama, Crime, Short

A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Tom Trout, Richard Gaines, Anthony Caruso, Hugh Beaumont

Votes: 205

47. Purity Squad (1945)

Passed | 19 min | Crime, Short

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