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Karl Kamb (story)
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Release Date:
28 October 1939 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Dick Purcell ... John Jones
Jo Ann Sayers ... Mrs. Jones
Richard Lane ... Rick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Granville Bates ... Mr. Jenks (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Second Cop (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Motorist (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Refrigerator Customer (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Inspector Doyle (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... First Cop (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Phillip Trent ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Slow Driving Motorist (uncredited)

Directed by
David Miller 
Writing credits
Karl Kamb (story)

Karl Kamb (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 25: Drunk Driving" - USA (series title)
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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
It improved the second time., 23 February 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

John Jones (Dick Purcell) is a man who is going places with his job. After learning about about his promotion, he and a co-worker go out for some drinks. On his way home, he's cited by a cop for driving under the influence. However, this warning means little and Jones just chalks it up to being a mistake. A short time later, Jones again has a few drinks and drives--but this time it all ends in tragedy.

This is one of many episodes of the MGM series "Crime Does Not Pay". For the most part, they're very good short films with a strong anti-crime message. Occasionally, like in "Drunk Driving" they might come off as a bit heavy-handed--but it is still quite effective and well made. Plus, hopefully some folks might have seen this and actually learned from it.

UPDATE: I bought the Crime Does Not Pay DVD collection and re-watched this particular Oscar-nominated short. I actually thought it was better and more effective when I re-watched it. I originally gave this one a 6 but feel I was a bit hasty. I think an 8 is more appropriate. Sadly, however, films like this probably have done little, if anything, to curtail drunk driving, as drunk drivers are too selfish and deluded to believe it can happen to them.

And, by the way, Purcell's acting was just terrific and very effective as the boob who thought he could drink and drive.

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