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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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Not quite as good as the usual "Crime Does Not Pay" film. See more (7 total) »


  (in alphabetical order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Passerby (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Faculty Member (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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Additional Details

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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Not quite as good as the usual "Crime Does Not Pay" film., 4 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The "Crime Does Not Pay" series from MGM is an excellent series of short films that illustrate crime stories and ALWAYS result in the criminals receiving justice. It's actually amazing how high the quality and how entertaining these films are even today. However, of all the films in the series I've seen so far, "A Thrill for Thelma" is among my least favorite. Now I am NOT saying it's bad, but it does suffer from an ending which just seemed a bit too preachy.

The story begins at a women's prison. The warden is talking with another law enforcement official and begins to talk about Thelma--a woman who just wanted too much. Then, they ask Thelma to tell them her story and what follows is the story of a good time girl who didn't initially mean to break the law. But, she was an idiot and when her boyfriend began committing robberies, she liked the money and thrill so much she agreed to help him. Her lack of conscience and foolishness, not surprisingly, result in her eventual capture. Overall, decent but not among the best--mostly because of the heavy-handed ending.

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