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Give Till It Hurts (1937)

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The MGM crime reporter introduces Mr. Duncan, the head of a charity chest of a large city. Duncan talks about racketeers who steal from charities, which in essence is robbing those who ... See full summary »

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The MGM crime reporter introduces Mr. Duncan, the head of a charity chest of a large city. Duncan talks about racketeers who steal from charities, which in essence is robbing those who can't help themselves. He tells of one such story, of a free medical clinic, its chief, Dr. Douglas, who has long worked to help the poor with medical services they could otherwise ill afford. With insufficient funds from his local charity chest to carry out the work, he believes it is a Godsend that Spencer and Cathy Gaffney not only want to make a sizable donation out of memory for their son who died a medical student, but to lead a fund-raising drive to replace reliance upon the already stretched thin charity chest, that drive which would make the clinic self-sustaining. What Douglas is unaware of is that the Gaffneys are swindlers who plan to raise the money in the name of the clinic, and abscond with that money. If the Gaffneys are not caught, their work could ruin the good name of Douglas' clinic,... Written by Huggo

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18 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 12: Give Till It Hurts  »

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Maybe times haven't changed all that much.
13 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Of all the episodes of the "Crime Does Not Pay" series from MGM, "Give Till It Hurts" is among the most memorable simply because the folks in this one are unusually evil. And, sadly, such scams STILL are a problem today--though they usually aren't THIS audacious.

The film begins at a charity clinic. The doctor in charge is desperate for money, as cases of infantile paralysis (polio) are on the increase and appropriate equipment like iron lungs are expensive. At this same time, some benefactors(?) arrive. The Gaffneys promise to raise thousands for the clinic. Well, they do raise TONS of money (using rented babies and handicapped shills)--the problem is that they have no plans to give any of the money away! These folks have no shame--though it gets worse! Fortunately, the police learn about this and set out to stop them. Interestingly, the policewoman who works on the case is played by Mary Blake (also known by the stage name 'Blossom Rock')--the lady who played Grandmama on "The Addams Family" television show.

This is a very exciting and well-made episode. I am very surprised that its current rating is relatively low, as its production values are great, the story very involving and the film passes on excellent warnings to the public concerning their donations.


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