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The Public Pays (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Short | 10 October 1936 (USA)

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A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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Drunken Hood Who Knocks Over Milk Wagon (uncredited)
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Markovitz's Secretary (uncredited)
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Grocer (uncredited)
Russ Clark ...
Officer Jerry (uncredited)
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Paige's Secretary (uncredited)
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Moore, Milk Company Executive (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ...
Woman from the Relief Bureau (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ...
Markovitz, Milk Company Executive (uncredited)
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Officer Donovan (uncredited)
George Humbert ...
Simonelli, Italian Milk Dealer (uncredited)
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Police Chief John Carney (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ...
Charles Paige (uncredited)
William Pawley ...
Kelly (uncredited)
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Moran's Hood (uncredited)
John Rice ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Storyline

Racketeers, led by Moran, set up what they call the Creamery Betterment Association. They quietly coerce dairy producers to join the association, which will control the dairy market by raising milk by three cents per bottle, one cent of which will go to the association. Moran's ultimate goal is for all three cents to go to the association. Those dairy producers who refuse to join are more forcefully coerced until they feel they have no other option but to join. The higher price of milk has a profound affect on consumers, some who can no longer afford this important product. One dairy producer who holds out of the association is Paige Creamery until Moran's gang threatens Paige's family. The police feel powerless to act until they have more concrete evidence. They convince Paige to continue to hold out so they can use his company as a front for their sting operation of Moran and his gang. Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Short

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10 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 8: The Public Pays  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD release of Wife vs. Secretary (1936). This DVD is one of 6 films included in the "Clark Gable Signature Collection" released on the same day. See more »

Goofs

The police chief of the city where the crooks set up their racket says he thought such crimes were usually only found in big cities, and not a small one like his. However, outside the window of the crooks' office can be seen New York skyscrapers. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
John Allgren, Department of Justice: Extortion demands good organization, clever brains, and much money, but extortion cannot operate against a brave man who faces down these parasites and goes to the police for help. He cannot be robbed!
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Crime Still Does Not Pay
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Public Pays, The (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Crime Does Not Pay

Oscar winning short from MGM's Crime Doesn't Pay series. Gangster move to small cities throughout America so that they can take over the milk business thinking the hick cops won't be able to stop them. This short will entertain anyone interesting in the gangster films that were being made at the time. There's plenty of nice action including one scene with a milk tanker being shot. There's also some nice laughs along the way.


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