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John C. Higgins (original story)
John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 July 1938 (USA) See more »
Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Amazing when seen 75 years later. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. John Pritchard
John Eldredge ... Jimmy Stark
Louis Jean Heydt ... Eddie Diesel
Charles Waldron ... Mayor Fletcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
May Beatty ... Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Eddie's Wife (uncredited)
John Butler ... Montel - Concession Stand Owner (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Reporter (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Forensic Assistant (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Fireman Sturber (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Squad Car Driver (uncredited) (archive footage)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Detective (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Businessman (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Fletcher (uncredited)
Ted Pearson ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man in Automobile (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Big Matty - Crime Boss (uncredited)

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

John C. Higgins (screenplay)

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

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Also Known As:
"They're Always Caught" - USA (short title)
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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #4479)

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Remade as Kid Glove Killer (1942)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Amazing when seen 75 years later., 13 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"They're Always Caught" is one of the best films from the exceptional "Crime Does Not Pay" series from MGM. These shorts are almost all uniformly well made and interesting and hold up well today. However, of all the shorts I've seen so far, this one is among the very best--and that's saying a lot.

This short begins with the election of a new mayor. The new mayor is tough and wants to clean up the city. And, in light of this, one of the first things he does is fire the district attorney--a guy who is quick to sing his own praises but who is incompetent or on the take. But this D.A. is clever--before the mayor has a chance to tell anyone else, his car explodes--and it's not the D.A. who is an ex but the mayor! Unfortunately for some poor schnook, it appears as if he's done it--and the D.A. is quick to capitalize on this and swears to convict the guy--even though there is plenty of investigation to go!

What makes this episode so special is the emphasis on forensics. And, what's more interesting is how advanced they were back in 1938. You'll see the investigators going step by step explaining their work and showing exactly how such an investigation is done. Fascinating throughout--and very informative. Well written and acted as well. Strongly recommended.

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