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19 October 1935 (USA) See more »
A man kills his cousin in the desert, then assumes his identity and tries to collect insurance on himself. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Raymond Hatton ... George aka Old Lesh
Harvey Stephens ... Bob Mehaffey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Richard Carlson ... MGM Reporter (uncredited)
John Hyams ... Burton James (uncredited)
Arthur Stone ... John Collins (uncredited)

Directed by
George B. Seitz 
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Music Department
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 3: Desert Death" - USA (series title)
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USA:21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very enjoyable., 3 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

During the 1930s and 40s, MGM made a string of "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts--all of which illustrate excellent police work and serve to convince viewers that crooks ultimately WILL get caught. It's interesting, but these films usually showed a lot more realistic police procedures than the regular movies at the various studios (many full-length films portrayed the cops as idiots). In addition, they tell great stories that even when seen today are quite satisfying.

This story begins with the investigation of a traffic death. While the Sheriff readily believes that it was all an accident, the investigator thinks that MAYBE Old Lesh knows a lot more about this and that it was actually a cold-blooded murder! Well written, very entertaining and a nice case of smart police work. Worth seeing.

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