MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 294,907 this week

What Price Safety! (1938)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  5 February 1938 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 17 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Racketeers muscle in on construction business, use inferior materials, make big profits and endanger the public safety.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 218 titles
created 18 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 2144 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What Price Safety! (1938)

What Price Safety! (1938) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What Price Safety!.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Miracle Money (1938)
Crime | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A quack doctor convinces people that this "Volta Ray" cures cancer.

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: John Miljan, Boyd Crawford, Robert Middlemass
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Edward Emerson, Walter Kingsford, Anna Q. Nilsson
Crime | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt
Think It Over (1938)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Lester Matthews, Dwight Frye, Don 'Red' Barry
Money to Loan (1939)
Crime | Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Alan Dinehart, Paul Guilfoyle, John Butler
Help Wanted (1939)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Tom Neal, Jo Ann Sayers, Clem Bevans
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Does Not Pay", features the U.S. Department of Immigration's efforts to halt the smuggling of illegal aliens into the country. Desperate ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Addison Richards, Wolfgang Zilzer, Hugh Beaumont
Crime | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Darryl Hickman, Tommy Baker, Allan Lane
Fall Guy (1945)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Paul Burnford
Stars: Leon Ames
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Royce ...
Mr. Zuto
George Houston ...
Foreman Cooper
...
J. Z. Wray
Edit

Storyline

A construction site is vandalized, the result of which is the building has collapsed and a nearby tunnel flooded. The contractor, the J.Z. Wray Construction Company which is the largest construction company in the city, is potentially ruined by this mishap as it's not the first time one of Wray's buildings under construction has collapsed. The chief building inspector, telling Wray he believes it just shoddy work on Wray's part, tells Wray he's going to investigate regardless. However, the building inspector is in cahoots with the vandals' leader, the notorious racketeer Zuto, who is out to take over Wray's business first by becoming his unknown silent partner. Zuto plans on using second rate materials and get city business through the connections with the building inspector. When some of Wray's now fired men, including his former chief foreman named Cooper, and some legitimate building inspectors learn of the shoddy work now at Wray construction sites - the shoddy work secretly ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 14: What Price Safety!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Good One In The "Crime Does Not Pay" Series
9 November 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Many of the shorts in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series seem slapdash and old-fashioned, even taking into consideration their age. This one, however, plays well and has a good plot. It's believable and well acted and includes several familiar faces, which is part of the fun of watching the series.

Truth be told, though, you have to be an ardent movie fan to remember the likes of Addison Richards or Ben Welden. It also helps if you can remember a time when everyone wore suits and ties and fedoras, and telephones with the receiver in two pieces. Having said that, this short has a good story and with an element of tension to go with the acting jobs, which are above the norm.

The story has to do with mob figures moving in on the construction trade, resulting in shoddy workmanship and defective material so as to make a profit - hence the title. As stated, it's better than average and so is the entertainment value.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss What Price Safety! (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?