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For the Common Defense! (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Short | 20 June 1942 (USA)
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 (as Allan R. Kenward)

Writers:

John C. Higgins (screenplay), John C. Higgins (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Litel ... Subprefect Santiago Castillo
Douglas Fowley ... Dutch Mullner
Stephen McNally ... Lt. Guytan (as Horace McNally)
Van Johnson ... Agent Pritchard
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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 with local authorities to try to thwart an Axis plan to ship stolen ammunition. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama | Short

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

20 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 37: For the Common Defense See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2004 DVD release of Mrs. Miniver (1942). See more »

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Follows Miracle Money (1938) See more »

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"I wish we had this system in the United States"
24 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A retired gangster hiding out in Chile gets roped into working with Nazis counterfeiting Colombian money in this wartime CRIME DOES NOT PAY two-reeler.

John Litel is the Chilean policeman who touts the system of universal registration that makes tracking down bad guys so easy, and who gets to shoot the bad guys. Van Johnson also appears as dark-haired US agent. It's wartime propaganda, intended to tout cooperation between the governments of the Western Hemisphere.

Although this series had begun as an interesting experiment and produced some fine melodrama, by this point it had lost much of its early zip. This one feels like a feature cut down to only the scenes and dialogue that serve to advance the plot.... and give the good guys the chance to shoot the bad guys.


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