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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 »
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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 3 February 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Torture Money (1937)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar-winning MGM short from their Crime Does Not Pay series. This episode takes a look at a group who are staging car wrecks so that they can sue the insurance company as well as the city. An undercover cop eventually breaks into the gang to determine how they're pulling the scam. This series is among my favorite and this here is one of the better episodes out there. There's isn't too much drama this time around but what we do get is a very entertaining story and I must admit I was captivated by the story. The way the scam is carried out was rather interesting and the direction really pulls everything together. The cast is pretty amazing as well as we get character actors Edwin Maxwell, George Lynn, Raymond Hutton and Roger Moore (no, not that one). Most of these actors are now forgotten but if you look up there credits you'll notice that they've appeared in several memorable movies. King Baggott, who played Jekyll and Hyde in the 1913 version, also appears as one of the witnesses.

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