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Help Wanted (1939)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1939 (USA)
A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and... See full summary »

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A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and the agency gets a whooping percentage of the new employee's first month wages. The foremen then fire the last new-hires and then another batch of new-hires goes through the cycle. And another after a month. And this continues month-after-month. Complaints from the laborers reaches the ears of the District Attorney. He steps in, with the aid of a young unskilled-laborer (Tom Neal) who had been tricked, and finally runs the gangster out of the Employment Agency business, after a murder has been committed Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 23: Help Wanted  »

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Unskilled labor does not pay much, either.

Entry number 23 in M-G-M's long-running "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts finds a racketeer setting up an employment agency, and then sending his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and the agency gets a whooping percentage of the new employee's first month wages. The foremen then fire the last new-hires (he had to fire all the old hands to begin with)and then another batch of new-hires goes through the cycle. And another after a month. And this continues month-after-month, as this was 1939 and companies did not employ Human Resources/Relations people in 1939 to track employee turn-over..."Gotta a full crew...good...put'em to work." Anyway, there is no little amount of complaint going on in the unskilled-labor circles of the city and some of it reaches the ears of the District Attorney. He steps in, with the aid of a young unskilled-laborer (Tom Neal) who had been tricked, and finally runs the gangster out of the Employment Agency business, after a murder has been committed.

About the only subject M-G-M missed in this series was one covering gangster control of some of the Hollywood craft unions-and-casting agencies at the time.


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