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The Wrong Way Out (1938)

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 (as Gustav Machaty)

Writers:

Karl Kamb (story), Karl Kamb (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Howell ... Windy Brown
Linda Perry ... Ann Stevens Brown (as Linda Terry)
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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.' It isn't long before they find they can't make it on their own, and one grab of easy money soon leads them on the path of crime. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 20: The Wrong Way Out See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Follows Give Till It Hurts (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again (1929)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by George Meeker
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Slippery When Wet
13 November 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In another episode of their "Crime Does Not Pay" series, MGM focuses on the "impatience" of the "under 21" crowd. Specifically, we meet handsome young Ken Howell (as "Windy" Brown) and pretty girlfriend Linda Perry (as Ann Stevens) on a boating date. They discuss marriage with their respective parents, but both sets think it's a bad idea. Denying their consent, the parents think Mr. Howell and Ms. Perry are too young, inexperienced and poor to marry. Howell says their folks "can go jump in a lake." Perry thinks they're stuck in the mud. Howell and Perry marry anyway, but life is hard...

This is less an episode warning about crime life and more a call for teenage couples to cool off their romantic feelings. Perry doesn't finish school and Howell has no way to support a wife, so getting serious is not recommended. When tempted to take advantage of a drunk with money, the couple robs the man. This is more of a slippery slope than you think, and the newlyweds seem to become "Bonnie and Clyde" overnight. It's amusing. Teen idol Howell did this while appearing in his own feature film series (as Jack Jones) and Perry was nearing the end of a hesitating career as an ingénue.

***** The Wrong Way Out (12/24/38) Gustav Machaty ~ Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry, Ray Mayer, George Meeker


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