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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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A cautionary tale of two young idiots! See more (3 total) »


  (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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A cautionary tale of two young idiots!, 13 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Once again the law enforcement guy was a fake underage couple--they are actually in mid-20s though they did look younger "The Wrong Way Out" is another installment of MGM's long series of shorts "Crime Does Not Pay". Like the title implies, this is the story of criminals who end up being caught and ruining or losing their lives. It begins with an introduction by a police captain* and the story follows.

The film is about an underage couple who are deeply in love and deeply stupid. Since their parents won't give permission, they run off and marry on the sly. However, their new lives suck because they have few job skills and they can barely afford to live. Eventually these geniuses gravitate to a life of crime--and naturally it ends in tragedy.

This episode is a bit preachy but the ending is what I usually like in these films--it's violent and satisfying. And, I was happy that for once teenage characters actually looked their age--even though the actor and actress were actually in their mid-20s.

*In most of the films in the series, some district attorney or cop does the introduction. Well, these real-life professionals were all actors--NOT the folks they claimed to be. MGM deliberately made it look like they were professionals, I assume, to give their shorts clout. Still, this one was entertaining and worth seeing in spite of this.

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