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John C. Higgins (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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  (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 (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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 26 September 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

They're Always Caught (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Another nice entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series. This time out a tough Mayor is trying to get all the corruption out of the city. He learns that the D.A. is working with a crime lord so he asks for his resignation. Later that night the D.A. plants a bomb in the Mayor's car, killing him and throwing blame on an innocent man. It seems like an easy case but the latest technologies make it far from being over. This short seemed to be made just to show criminals that there are new ways for them to get caught. The use of hair, fingernails and dust was something new back then and it was nice seeing the way the equipment was used to gather all the evidence. This film does a nice job at breaking everything down where people back then would be able to understand what was going on even though by doing this the actual story of the film takes a few hits. This film would later be remade as KID GLOVE KILLER but I've yet to see it to compare how close they are. Received an Oscar-nomination.

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