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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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  (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:We thought we were smart, but the police were smarter.See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Car Crimes, 1 November 2004
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA


Living in the luxury provided by robbing parked motorists provides A THRILL FOR THELMA--until the Law starts to close in...

This was the fourth entrant in MGM's series illustrating the futility of crime. Some of the acting is reasonably good and the production values are competent, making the brief film an enjoyable time filler. All of the players are unbilled--William Tannen appears as the MGM Reporter; sturdy Robert Warwick plays the police captain; and Irene Hervey is the luckless Thelma. A fine bit of acting is provided by Robert Livingston as Thelma's violent lover.


Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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