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Coffins on Wheels (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Short, Drama | 7 June 1941 (USA)
Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale (original story), Howard Dimsdale (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Darryl Hickman ... Billy Phillips
Tommy Baker Tommy Baker ... Tommy Phillips (as Tom Baker)
Allan Lane ... Police Lieutenant
Cy Kendall ... Nick the Used Car Dealer
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Storyline

Tommy is a teenager, excited about buying his first car. The car looks terrific, but the owner of the used-car lot, Nick, is actually a racketeer who sells dangerously unfit cars to unsuspecting buyers. When the brakes fail on one of the cars Nick sold, tragedy ensues and the police are called in to prove that Crime Does Not Pay. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 35: Coffins on Wheels See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows Pound Foolish (1940) See more »

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Fight 'Em
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Pretty exciting stuff!
20 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was pretty happy as I watched "Coffins on Wheels", as several of the Crime Does Not Pay shorts preceding this one were pretty dull and preachy. This is because the great series took a bit of a nosedive when WWII began, as MGM began focusing less on organized crime and violence and more on topics like civic duty and patriotism. Yet, somehow, the series avoided these preachy topics and got back to their roots with "Coffins on Wheels".

This film is about unscrupulous used car dealers who buy unsafe cars and give them cosmetic changes to make them seem road-worthy. The jerks in this one have no trouble selling a teenager a car with faulty brakes and it ends up leading to a thrilling and bloody accident. But, as you'd expect with the series, the baddies get theirs in the end! It makes for a very exciting film--one that won't disappoint.

A few folks to look for in this one are a very young Darryl Hickman, the cowboy star Allan 'Rocky' Lane and Roy Gordon. Who is Gordon? Well in the films in this series, the films are introduced by some important government official. In this particular film, it's supposed to be Mr. Blake from the Department of Motor Vehicles, but like ALL the films he's just an actor!


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