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Buried Loot (1935)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 19 January 1935 (USA)
An embezzler who expects to serve his time in prison and then pick up his buried loot is in for a surprise.


George B. Seitz


Marty Brooks (story), George B. Seitz (screen play)


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Uncredited cast:
Brooks Benedict ... Man in Getaway Car (uncredited)
James Ellison ... Bob - Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Squad Car Driver (uncredited)
Irene Hervey ... Apartment Girl / Witness (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Louie Rattig (uncredited)
George Irving ... Edward Swain (uncredited)
Robert Livingston ... Bob (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Apartment Onlooker (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Attorney at Trial (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Cell Guard (uncredited)
Shirley Ross ... Girl in Apartment (uncredited)
Robert Taylor ... Albert (Al) Douglas (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Bank President (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Death House Guard (uncredited)


The MGM crime reporter introduces Edward Swain of the International Bonding Company, he, who in demonstrating that crime does not pay, tells of the unusual case of bank teller Al Douglas. Douglas went to the authorities to admit that he had embezzled $200,000 of the bank's money, but that he had lost it all through spending it and gambling among other things. Douglas' statement is only partially true as he had actually buried the money in what he believed was a secret, hidden location. He figured he could serve a short amount of time in prison - his ultimate sentence being five to ten years, he aiming for the shorter in being the model prisoner - then exit the prison at the conclusion of his sentence a free man to live off the buried money without a worry. What he did not count on is that a lot can change even in five years. As that belief entered his psyche, he began to do more desperate and extreme measures to ensure that he could live free with that money, all at the expense of ... Written by Huggo

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"BURIED LOOT", first of a series of true crime stories that have created a sensation everywhere. (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Rochester Penna.)) 21 May 1935)


Short | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

19 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay #1: Buried Loot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $200,000 Al embezzles would be the equivalent of over $3.75M in 2019. See more »


[first lines]
MGM Reporter: How do you do, ladies and gentlemen. This is the MGM reporter speaking. I'm a man on a mission. It's my privilege to examine police files and prison records, to interview prominent authorities throughout the country, and bring to you undeniably, proof of the message that crime does not pay. You can't beat the law. The cards are stacked against you. At this time it is my privilege to interview Mr. Edward Swain, the International Bonding Company. Mr. Swain has promised me an incident...
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The hidden treasure
4 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Buried Loot" was an MGM one reel feature written and directed by George Seitz that offers a story that could have been written by O'Henry because of the ironic twist in it. Since the whole cast is not credited, one wonders if the studio intended this short film as a showcase, why not have credits that mentioned the same people featured in it.

The story is a simple one about how a bank employee decides to confess to the president of the institution his crime of stealing $200,000.00. What's more, he has squandered all the money. The fact is that cunning Al Douglas figures he will spend time in jail and then after serving a sentence, he will be released ahead of the term by his good behavior to dig out the treasure he has buried. But unfortunately, Al, doesn't count on his cell mate's plan to escape prison.

The film presents a young Robert Taylor before he became one of the best and most admired actors of the period. Mr. Taylor is heavily made up, as it was the custom of the early films, but one could see how the camera loved him and his virile presence that made him a favorite of the movie fans.

"Buried Loot" is one of the best examples of the one reel format.

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