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24 July 1938 (USA) See more »
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Relatively ordinary and straight forward, though the ending was pretty cool. See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

Lester Matthews ... Ring Leader

Dwight Frye ... Arsonist

Don 'Red' Barry ... Henchman

Robert Emmett Keane ... Johnson, Furniture Store Owner

Frank Orth ... Brown, Clothing Store Owner
Charles D. Brown ... Fire Inspector Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Bert ... Landlady (uncredited)

Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Tall Detective (uncredited)

Jack Rube Clifford ... Detective (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Detective Posing as Arson Victim (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Detective (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Detective (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Fire Chief (uncredited)

Gladden James ... Detective (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Car Rental Dealer (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 19: Think It Over" - USA (series title)
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USA:19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Relatively ordinary and straight forward, though the ending was pretty cool., 13 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

One reviewer marveled that Jacques Tourneur would direct a short film like this. While he WAS a prominent director of such films as "Out of the Past" and "Cat People", back in the 1930s he directed shorts and directed his first American feature a few months AFTER "Think It Over". From 1936 until late 1939, he did nothing but shorts and so this would explain his directing this film.

"Think It Over" is a short about an arson for hire gang. Their way of operating is to burn down businesses for he owners and then extort as much of the insurance money as they can off the guy. While the outfit seems pretty sure of itself, naturally the police catch on and stop them. It's all very straight forward and ordinary for the series, however, the twist near the very end IS very gritty and cool. Worth seeing but nothing special.

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