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1. A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: They're Always Caught (1938)

Approved | 22 min | Crime, Short

7.0
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Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt, Charles Waldron

Votes: 86

2. For the Common Defense! (1942)

Approved | 22 min | Crime, Drama, Short

5.3
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kenward | Stars: John Litel, Douglas Fowley, Stephen McNally, Van Johnson

Votes: 106

3. A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: 'Forbidden Passage' (1941)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.3
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The MGM Crime Reporter introduces Frank J. Maxwell, Florida District Director of the US Immigration Service, who talks about illegal immigration, and the unscrupulous people and ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Addison Richards, Wolfgang Zilzer, Hugh Beaumont, George Lessey

Votes: 143

4. The Luckiest Guy in the World (1947)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.1
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This short is in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score.' He bets on the horses and owes his bookie. At work, he 'borrows' from his accounts. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Barry Nelson, Eloise Hardt, George Travell, Milton Kibbee

Votes: 144

5. Don't Talk (1942)

Approved | 22 min | Drama, Short

6.2
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This MGM short, part of the Crime does not Pay series, focuses on industrial sabotage during wartime. After a valuable shipment of manganese is blown up at a plant, the FBI try to find out ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Donald Douglas, Gloria Holden, Barry Nelson, Harry Worth

Votes: 122

6. A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Passed | 19 min | Drama, Crime, Short

6.6
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Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Tom Trout, Richard Gaines, Anthony Caruso, Hugh Beaumont

Votes: 131

7. Jack Pot (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Drama, Short

6.4
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An entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series, which deals with illegal gambling and illegal bookmaking.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Morriss, Edwin Maxwell, Jean Rouverol

Votes: 61

8. A Criminal Is Born (1938)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.1
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An entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, it tells the true story of how a young man, ignored by his parents, gets into a gang and starts a crime spree which leads to murder.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: George P. Breakston, David Durand, Norman Phillips Jr., Warren McCollum

Votes: 62

9. Buried Loot (1935)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.7
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An embezzler who expects to serve his time in prison and then pick up his buried loot is in for a surprise.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Brooks Benedict, James Ellison, Al Hill, George Irving

Votes: 76

10. Purity Squad (1945)

Approved | 19 min | Crime, Short

5.9
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This entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to ensure that drugs are fully tested before they are sold to consumers. Two ... See full summary »

Director: Harold F. Kress | Stars: Byron Foulger, Dick Elliott, Morris Ankrum, Paul E. Burns

Votes: 51

11. Dark Shadows (1944)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A police psychiatrist is enlisted to catch a homicidal killer.

Directors: Paul Burnford, Walter Hart | Stars: Henry O'Neill, Morris Ankrum, Arthur Space, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 36

12. 'Hit-and-Run Driver' (1935)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A man runs over a young couple on a deserted road, then leaves the scene and tries to cover up the incident.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Sam Flint, William Gould, Jonathan Hale, Howard C. Hickman

Votes: 34

13. The Public Pays (1936)

Approved | 19 min | Crime, Drama, Short

6.3
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A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.

Director: Errol Taggart | Stars: Richard Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Harry C. Bradley, Russ Clark

Votes: 105

14. You, the People (1940)

Approved | 21 min | Drama, Short, Crime

6.3
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This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Doesn't Pay", features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime "machine" to fraudently win re-election for the current corrupt mayor. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: C. Henry Gordon, Byron Shores, Paul Everton, Matt McHugh

Votes: 81

15. Come Across (1938)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Action, Adventure

6.1
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A bank robber pulls off a heist and comes out with a good haul. However, he winds up being forced to give most of it to his gangland "friends" to hide him from the police, and who now turn ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Bernard Nedell, Bernadene Hayes, Rita La Roy, Donald Douglas

Votes: 7

16. Drunk Driving (1939)

Approved | 22 min | Drama, Short

6.3
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In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Dick Purcell, Jo Ann Sayers, Richard Lane, Granville Bates

Votes: 79

17. A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: 'Buyer Beware' (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.9
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This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with shady companies selling fake merchandise.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Charles Arnt, Hugh Beaumont, Egon Brecher, Charles D. Brown

Votes: 30

18. Plan for Destruction (1943)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Drama, History

6.3
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Narrated by Lewis Stone, this 1943 MGM production looks at the roots of Nazi Germany's drive for geographic expansion. The roots of Hitler's drive for world domination is attributed to the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Lewis Stone, Frank Reicher, George Lynn, Frederick Giermann

Votes: 89

19. Torture Money (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edwin Maxwell, George Lynn, Murray Alper, King Baggot

Votes: 62

20. The Last Installment (1945)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Cell mates Clyde and Griff are both soon being released from jail. Griff offers Clyde an opportunity to continue a life of crime on the outside, implying that his criminal connections would... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: Walter Sande, Cameron Mitchell, William 'Bill' Phillips, Robert Lewis

Votes: 57

21. A Thrill for Thelma (1935)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way, and winds up in jail.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Jack Chefe, Fred Graham, Chuck Hamilton, Irene Hervey

Votes: 67

22. Give Till It Hurts (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.2
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The MGM crime reporter introduces Mr. Duncan, the head of a charity chest of a large city. Duncan talks about racketeers who steal from charities, which in essence is robbing those who ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Janet Beecher, Clay Clement, Howard C. Hickman, Marie Blake

Votes: 20

23. Miracle Money (1938)

21 min | Crime, Short

6.5
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A quack doctor convinces people that this "Volta Ray" cures cancer.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: John Miljan, Boyd Crawford, Robert Middlemass, E. Alyn Warren

Votes: 50

24. The Perfect Set-Up (1936)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.4
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The City of New York Police Captain Detectives Hewitt tells the story of Alan Saunders, one of the most unusual criminals of our time, in "A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" short.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Helene Chadwick, Robert Dudley, William Gould, Chuck Hamilton

Votes: 31

25. Women in Hiding (1940)

Approved | 22 min | Crime, Drama, Short

6.2
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The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Marsha Hunt, Jane Drummond, Mary Bovard, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 119

26. Alibi Racket (1935)

18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

5.7
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How police interrogation cracks the "airtight" alibi of a criminal.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Granville Bates, Al Bridge, Eddie Dunn, Edward Norris

Votes: 34

27. Soak the Old (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

5.2
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Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: Ralph Morgan, George Cleveland, Cathy Lewis, George Lessey

Votes: 22

28. Phantoms, Inc. (1945)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Crime, Drama

5.6
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The police have files on many different types of con artists, among them fake spiritualists or psychics who prey upon the desperation of individuals looking for information as comfort. One ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Dorothy Adams, Morris Ankrum, Ralph Dunn, Harry Hayden

Votes: 67

29. Sucker List (1941)

Approved | 19 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.0
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Mr. Brown and his racketeer buddies, calling their company "Best Selections", come up with a scheme to bilk those already seemingly desperate for money of what little they have. The scheme ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Lynne Carver, Noel Madison, John Archer, George Cleveland

Votes: 50

30. Easy Life (1944)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.0
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In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: Steven Geray, Bernard Thomas, William 'Bill' Phillips, William Challee

Votes: 39

31. Desert Death (1935)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A man kills his cousin in the desert, then assumes his identity and tries to collect insurance on himself.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Raymond Hatton, Harvey Stephens, Erville Alderson, Richard Carlson

Votes: 12

32. Patrolling the Ether (1944)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Drama

5.5
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1940. Sixteen year old Phillip is one of a number of amateur radio operators across the US, doing it purely as a fun hobby. He is informed by Bill Beck of the Radio and Intelligence ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: Hazel Brooks, Marc Cramer, Richard Crane, Donald Curtis

Votes: 26

33. Soak the Poor (1937)

Approved | 16 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Entry number 11 in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with racketeers shaking down small grocers and horning in on the relief tickets, forcing prices up with the consumers paying the freight.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Leslie Fenton, Leon Ames, Ted Billings, John Butler

Votes: 52

34. Think First (1939)

21 min | Drama, Short

6.5
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Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Marc Lawrence, Laraine Day, Jo Ann Sayers, Ann Morriss

Votes: 14

35. Money to Loan (1939)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Short

6.6
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The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Alan Dinehart, Paul Guilfoyle, John Butler, Addison Richards

Votes: 30

36. Coffins on Wheels (1941)

Approved | 17 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.4
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Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Darryl Hickman, Tommy Baker, Allan Lane, Cy Kendall

Votes: 63

37. The Luckiest Guy in the World (2008)

15 min | Short, Drama

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Two sides of life acted out on the Golf course. One guy has it all and one has nothing, but who is the Luckiest Guy.

Director: Gary Delaney | Stars: Adrian Bouchet, Philip Clayton Smith, Lucy Garner, Ed Green

38. While America Sleeps (1939)

21 min | Crime, Short

5.8
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An episode in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Dave Miller, an aircraft plant worker, is actually selling secret bomber plans to foreign agents. United States Intelligence Department agents... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Dick Purcell, Lenita Lane, Egon Brecher, Frederick Vogeding

Votes: 13

39. The Wrong Way Out (1938)

Approved | 17 min | Crime, Short, Drama

5.9
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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.' ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Machatý | Stars: Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry, Robert Elliott, James Flavin

Votes: 40

40. Behind the Criminal (1937)

20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edward Emerson, Walter Kingsford, Anna Q. Nilsson, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 6

41. Help Wanted (1939)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Tom Neal, Jo Ann Sayers, Clem Bevans, Edward Pawley

Votes: 9

42. It May Happen to You (1937)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.1
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From MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" Series. Mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, King Baggot, William Bailey, Barbara Bedford

Votes: 35

43. What Price Safety! (1938)

20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Racketeers muscle in on construction business, use inferior materials, make big profits and endanger the public safety.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lionel Royce, George Houston, John Wray, John Butler

Votes: 19

44. Keep 'Em Sailing (1942)

20 min | Drama, Short

6.2
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An FBI agent goes undercover to investigate the sabotage of American cargo ships.

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: Jim Davis, Ian Keith, George Travell, Frederick Worlock

Votes: 28

45. Know Your Money (1940)

20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.7
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This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with the efforts of the Secret Service to detect counterfeit money and prosecute those responsible for such crimes.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Noel Madison, Dennis Moore, Charles D. Brown, William Edmunds

Votes: 39

46. Fall Guy (1945)

18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: Leon Ames, Marjorie Davies, Paul Langton, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 7

47. Pound Foolish (1940)

20 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.2
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An expose of attempts by wealthy people to avoid payment of customs duties. Part of the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Lynne Carver, Gertrude Michael, Victor Varconi

Votes: 5

48. Respect the Law (1941)

20 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Shows how so-called "minor" lawbreakers can do more damage than major criminals.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Moroni Olsen, Richard Lane, Frank Orth, William Forrest

Votes: 40

49. Think It Over (1938)

19 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Lester Matthews, Dwight Frye, Don 'Red' Barry, Robert Emmett Keane

Votes: 17