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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)
Richard Tucker ...
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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Release Date:

19 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay #1: Buried Loot  »

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(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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MGM's long term investment
9 October 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The very first Crime Does Not Pay short subject featured as its protagonist one of MGM's mainstays for the next three decades. When he did his last film for Leo the Lion in 1963 Robert Taylor set a record for the longest running studio contract for any player.

Buried Loot is about as humble a beginning as you could have. Taylor is a bank clerk who has embezzled $200,000.00 plus and then goes into his boss and confesses. Says he spent it all, slow horses, fast women, you name it. He gets a 5 to 12 year sentence for his crime.

But while figuring on a minimal two year term, Taylor has the money buried in a secure place, hence the title Buried Loot. Do the time and then live it up. But prison not being the wholesome experience can play funny tricks and you have a lot of time to build things up in your mind and have mind games played on you.

During those first years at MGM Taylor was the matinée idol and it was always a tossup between him and Tyrone Power over at 20th Century Fox as to who was the handsomest fellow in films. Taylor's own good looks are woven into the plot in a grisly way.

How they get him I won't reveal. But think about White Heat and what was done to nail James Cagney.

Buried Loot was highly melodramatic but it serve to give good exposure to a star that MGM was building up for a long term investment.

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