In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic ...
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In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic consequences hit very close to home. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series earned an Academy Award nomination and also features Richard Lane who is best known for playing Inspector Farraday in the Boston Blackie series. The film centers on John Jones (Dick Purcell) a man who doesn't realize how much of an impact a few drinks can have. He ends up getting in a minor wreck but blows this off. Days later he has a few more drinks and decides to drive his wife and her mother to a restaurant but this times things don't go as well. I've said countless times that this is one of my favorite series and I think this here is one of the best that it has to offer. I've heard people call the series predictable and melodramatic and they are but their point and goal is to teach viewings against doing wrong things. It's interesting to see this film take such a strong stand again drunk driving considering a lot of Hollywood movies at the time were showing drunks in a comic fashion and there were movies that showed drunk driving for laughs. I've seen at least ten films in this series but don't recall any of them being this strong on a subject. The director does a great job during that final driving scene because he just builds up the tension because we know something bad is going to happen. Purcell would die five years after making this film at the age of 36 due to a massive heart attack he suffered after a round of golf. I haven't seen too much of his work but I thought he was very good here especially his breakdown towards the end of the film. Dix has a supporting role but turns in fine work.
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