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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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Happy Days Are Here Again (1929)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 31 October 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Wrong Way Out, The (1938)

*** (out of 4)

The twentieth episode in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series is one of the weakest I've seen but there's still enough that works here for fans. In the film, young adults Wendy (Kenneth Howell) and Ann (Linda Perry) want to get married but their parents refuse so they decide to elope. Once out on their own they realize it's not easy to make a living and soon they are forced into a life of crime. A lot of reviewers call this series over dramatic but I've never agreed with that except for right here. The entire "warning" this film offers is against eloping and having too much of an ego to return home to your parents. The film takes that and turns out two teens into a Bonnie and Clyde type, which is a tad bit over the top as the film never gives them any real motivation in doing what eventually happens here. I also find it rather funny that both sets of parents are shown as good people yet they too are actually rather mean spirited when the kids first come to them for advice. The parents turn their backs and then they wonder why, later in the film, the kids don't come back to them for help. The over the top antics of the film would make me recommend newcomers to the series to start somewhere else but I think fans will still want to check it out. The performances are all rather mixed with Howell coming off rather lame as the good turned bad guy. The scene with the drunk singing "Happy Days Are Here Again" gets a mild laugh as does the ending that goes way too far.

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