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Release Date:
24 December 1938 (USA) See more »
In this entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, young Ann Stevens and "Windy" Brown, against the advice of both sets of parents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kenneth Howell ... Windy Brown
Linda Perry ... Ann Stevens Brown (as Linda Terry)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Elliott ... Mr. Stevens, Ann's Father (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Brown, Windy's Father (uncredited)
Ray Mayer ... Car Rental Clerk (uncredited)

George Meeker ... Drunk (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Continental Club Owner (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Employment Agency Clerk (uncredited)
Frank M. Thomas ... Police Capt. Frank Hobson (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Used Car Salesman (uncredited)

Directed by
Gustav Machatý  (as Gustav Machaty)
Writing credits
Karl Kamb (story)

Karl Kamb (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 20: The Wrong Way Out" - USA (series title)
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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Slippery When Wet, 13 November 2014
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

In another episode of their "Crime Does Not Pay" series, MGM focuses on the "impatience" of the "under 21" crowd. Specifically, we meet handsome young Ken Howell (as "Windy" Brown) and pretty girlfriend Linda Perry (as Ann Stevens) on a boating date. They discuss marriage with their respective parents, but both sets think it's a bad idea. Denying their consent, the parents think Mr. Howell and Ms. Perry are too young, inexperienced and poor to marry. Howell says their folks "can go jump in a lake." Perry thinks they're stuck in the mud. Howell and Perry marry anyway, but life is hard...

This is less an episode warning about crime life and more a call for teenage couples to cool off their romantic feelings. Perry doesn't finish school and Howell has no way to support a wife, so getting serious is not recommended. When tempted to take advantage of a drunk with money, the couple robs the man. This is more of a slippery slope than you think, and the newlyweds seem to become "Bonnie and Clyde" overnight. It's amusing. Teen idol Howell did this while appearing in his own feature film series (as Jack Jones) and Perry was nearing the end of a hesitating career as an ingénue.

***** The Wrong Way Out (12/24/38) Gustav Machaty ~ Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry, Ray Mayer, George Meeker

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