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Buried Loot (1935)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 19 January 1935 (USA)
An embezzler who expects to serve his time in prison and then pick up his buried loot is in for a surprise.



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Uncredited cast:
Man in Getaway Car (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Louie Rattig (uncredited)
Edward Swain (uncredited)
Bob (uncredited)
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Henry Otho ...
Cell Guard (uncredited)
Girl in Apartment (uncredited)
Al Douglas (uncredited)
Bank President (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ...
Death House Guard (uncredited)


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 David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

19 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay #1: Buried Loot  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
MGM Reporter: 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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Edited from The Big House (1930) See more »

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Robert Taylor in a short film
29 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film on Channel 4 back in 1988 whilst I was in secondary school and remember thinking that this was a good vehicle to showcase Robert Taylor as a future talent. It is far superior to 'Society Doctor' simply we see him scheming when he is in court being given a prison sentence. It has the feel of the 'Scotland Yard' short subjects. We see him enjoying himself in prison playing the game until it is time for him to be released and free to enjoy his $200,000. However, the idea is dropped into his head that whilst he is in prison someone may discover his buried loot and leave him with nothing. You see the smile drop from his face and replaced with a dark gloom. There is darkness in Robert Taylor, and it is pity that he always played protagonists because he had enough darkness in him to play antagonists like in 'Undercurrent'.

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