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30 October 1937 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Edward Emerson ... Joe Anderson - Undercover Agent
Walter Kingsford ... Robert Carver

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Madge
Joe Sawyer ... Red Manders
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Butler ... Pete - Alibi Witness (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Mr. Felson (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Phillips - Eye Witness to Shooting (uncredited)
Joe Downing ... Marty (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Joe's Attorney (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... District Attorney Lewis Garrett (uncredited)

Carl Stockdale ... Judge (uncredited)
Phillip Terry ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Winston Miller 

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 13: Behind the Criminal" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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A lawyer who lies?! Say it isn't so!, 13 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This installment of the "Crime Does Not Pay" series focuses on scum-bag lawyers (sorry if I sound repetitive here). In particular, a defense lawyer who goes the extra mile. Robert Carver (Walter Kingsford) not only defends the guilty, but he's willing to lie and pay folks to perjure themselves to provide alibis for criminals. In one case, an eye witness sees a crook (Joe Sawyer) committing a crime--yet the lawyer arranges for countless 'witnesses' to rebut his account and he is acquitted. It seems that with this lawyer, justice is impossible. However, the district attorney's office is getting wise and decides to have him investigated. They start by having an agent pose as a criminal who soon meets the acquitted crook. After making it seem certain that the agent is a real criminal type and having him make friends with the crook, he's introduced to the scum-bag lawyer. What's next? Will they uncover the goods on these evil-doers or will the lawyer be defending some Hollywood celebrity and make a REAL killing?

Like all the episodes of the series, this one practically screams QUALITY. MGM did a really nice job on the shows--with top-notch production values, excellent acting and very gritty and tough stories. This one isn't as bloody as most, but it was satisfying and well worth seeing.

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