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John C. Higgins (story)
John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 January 1937 (USA) See more »
Police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. See more »
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Predictable film in the "Crime Does Not Pay" Series See more (4 total) »


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Edwin Maxwell ... Milton Beacher

George Lynn ... Larry Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Murray Alper ... Little Davie Barkell (uncredited)

King Baggot ... False Accident Witness (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Nurse (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Police Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Capt. Michael Karnahan (uncredited)

Raymond Hatton ... Henchman (uncredited)

Bernadene Hayes ... Debbie - False Accident Victim (uncredited)
Mary Howard ... Nurse Barry (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... False Accident Witness (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Jason Robards Sr. ... Alex Carmathy (uncredited)
William Royle ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Henchman Red (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Morgan (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Henchman Doc (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Writing credits
John C. Higgins (story)

John C. Higgins (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: Torture Money" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Predictable film in the "Crime Does Not Pay" Series, 23 February 2004
Author: james a derrick ( from Alexandria, Virginia

This is a predictable film in the Crime Does Not Pay series produced by MGM during the gangster era. It deals with insurance scams, and the word "torture" in the title is not very descriptive. The movie won an Oscar for best 2-reel short, and it is one of the better shorts in the MGM series. Still, I only gave it a 7 because it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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