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John C. Higgins (story)
John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 1936 (USA) See more »
A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Alexander ... Drunken Hood Who Knocks Over Milk Wagon (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Markovitz's Secretary (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Grocer (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Officer Jerry (uncredited)

Betty Ross Clarke ... Paige's Secretary (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Moore, Milk Company Executive (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman from the Relief Bureau (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ... Markovitz, Milk Company Executive (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Officer Donovan (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Simonelli, Italian Milk Dealer (uncredited)

Cy Kendall ... Police Chief John Carney (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Charles Paige (uncredited)
William Pawley ... Kelly (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Moran's Hood (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... John Allgren, Department of Justice (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Moran (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Chief's Assistant (uncredited)
Phillip Trent ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Bartley - Moran's Assistant (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Dickman, Milk Company Executive (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... The Association's Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by
Errol Taggart 
Writing credits
John C. Higgins (story)

John C. Higgins (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 8: The Public Pays" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »
Plot holes: 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 »
[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
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Public Pays, The (1936)

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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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