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Marty Brooks (story)
Richard Goldstone (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 November 1935 (USA) See more »
A young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way, and winds up in jail. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Crime Does Not Pay See more (7 total) »


  (in alphabetical order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Irene Hervey ... Thelma Black (uncredited)

Robert Livingston ... Steve Black (uncredited)
Alice Moore ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective John Hennessey (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Lab Technician (uncredited)
William Tannen ... MGM Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Captain Richard Kyne (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward L. Cahn  (as Edward Cahn)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marty Brooks  story
Richard Goldstone  screenplay

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay Series No. 4: 'A Thrill for Thelma'" - USA (series title)
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USA:18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Errors in geography: The story is supposed to take place in New York, but when the police are studying a wall map marked with the locations of the crimes it's clearly a map of Los Angeles.See more »
Thelma Black:I made up my mind that I was going to get everything that life has to offer - money, clothes, luxury.See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 21 July 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Thrill for Thelma, A (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Fourth entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series has Thelma (Irene Hervey) graduating high school and hoping for a thrilling life, which she gets when she meets a man (Robert Livingston) who just happens to be a criminal. Soon the two are running a scheme of robbing people who have pulled their cars over to do various things when the duo sneak up on them and take whatever they have. Everything is going good for Thelma and her boyfriend but soon the cops have a plan. This certainly isn't the best film in the series but there are enough interesting scenes to make it worth viewing. I think the best thing this film has going for it is the performance from Hervey who would go onto have a pretty good career. She's certainly very believable in the part and I thought she came off very natural in her scenes whether they were her freaking out over what's going on or her enjoying all the money it's bringing. Livingston is also very good and gets a scene which seemed to have been influenced by some films of Bela Lugosi as we get a close up of his menacing eyes. The story itself is probably the weakest thing here as there really aren't any surprises as everything that happens is so easy to see coming that no one will be fooled.

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