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The Perfect Crime (1955)

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In this short National Safety Council film, the perfect crime is presented as excess speed. Accidents at high speed often results in deaths and are rarely investigated like the robbery of a... See full summary »

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Robert Altman

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Robert Altman
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Credited cast:
Leonard Belove Leonard Belove ... Detective
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Motorist
Art Ellison ... Grocery Clerk
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In this short National Safety Council film, the perfect crime is presented as excess speed. Accidents at high speed often results in deaths and are rarely investigated like the robbery of a corner grocery shown at the beginning of the film. Driving too fast, particularly in poor weather conditions or at night can be deadly. Then there are those who don't properly maintain their vehicle. Alcohol is a problem. Even bad roads, railway crossings and narrow underpasses are the driver's responsibility, as they should slow down. The film ends with a plea to support the costs of new modern roads. Written by garykmcd

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USA

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Stop me before I kill again - sort of
6 April 2006 | by lordhack_99See all my reviews

Unrelenting propaganda piece, excellently photographed and narrated. Was Robert Altman laughing, though, when he had his narrator speak the words "murder" and "death" about a hundred times, all to hammer home the idea that we need highway construction? The guys at Caterpillar, who sponsored this, must have swooned. Maybe side roads really WERE awful, but by the end of this, you want to shout "I get it!" I get it!" (The faked images of dead children are disturbing.) Anyway, an interesting artifact from the Eisenhower years. Some fun can be had by identifying cars. And as with all such glimpses, I always wonder where and when the sections were filmed.


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