Al Douglas is a teller at the Seacost National Bank. He pleads guilty to embezzling $200,000 from the bank and is sentenced to 5-10 years in prison. He says he spent all the money, but he actually buried it. After 2½ years, he escapes to Canada. He even burns his face so he will be less recognizable. He digs up his loot but will he get the chance to spend it ? Written by
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How do you do, ladies and gentlemen. This is the MGM reporter speaking. I'm a man on a mission. It's my privilege to examine police files and prison records, to interview prominent authorities throughout the country, and bring to you undeniably, proof of the message that crime does not pay. You can't beat the law. The cards are stacked against you. At this time it is my privilege to interview Mr. Edward Swain, the International Bonding Company. Mr. Swain has promised me an incident...
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Not bad for a short AND it's great to get an early glimpse of Robert Taylor
This is a very strange MGM short because it stars pretty-boy Robert Taylor in a very untraditional role. Because it was very early in his career, the big-wigs didn't know how to use him and experimented by starring him in this short crime drama--a role quite unlike his soon to be established persona.
The film is made in a semi-documentary style and is entitled a "Crime Does Not Pay" film. It begins with a narrator and government official preaching that crime is bad and then the narrator talks about a strange case that proves this assertion. Robert Taylor's character works in a bank and embezzles $200,000 (a HUGE sum of money in 1935) and is naturally sent to jail. However, very oddly, he turns himself in to the boss and doesn't try to run--saying he spent the money gambling and having fun. There's a lot more to it than that but I really don't want to spoil it. Suffice to say, though, that it's pretty exciting and what happens to handsome Taylor's face is pretty cool to see.
Overall, while not a great film, it is very unusual as well as a great curio for film history buffs and fans of Hollywood's Golden Age.
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