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Karl Kamb (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 June 1939 (USA) See more »
A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An odd topic but a well made film. See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tom Neal ... Joe Daniels
Jo Ann Sayers ... Mary Daniels

Clem Bevans ... H.L. (Pop) Daniels
Edward Pawley ... Harry
Truman Bradley ... Labor Commissioner's Representative
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Workman (uncredited)

Leon Ames ... J.T. Evans - Labor Commissioner (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Ed - Workman (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... McGuinness (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Workman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Hohl ... Graham - Head of Employment Agency (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Mr. Warner (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Workman (uncredited)
Phillip Terry ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Karl Kamb (original screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
Film Editing by
Ralph Goldstein 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 23: Help Wanted" - USA (series title)
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21 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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An odd topic but a well made film., 19 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Tom Neal JT Evan--labor commissioner is Leon Ames! old man kills himself

I enjoy the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM so much that I recently purchased the DVD collection. The films are mostly exceptionally well made, enjoyable and often feature contract players who soon went on to stardom. In this case, Tom Neal is featured--long before he starred in such B-pictures as "Detour" and "First Yank in Tokyo".

Like so many of the films in the series, it begins with a government official introducing the picture. The trouble is, these folks were fakes! Here, Leon Ames pretends to be the Labor Commissioner, J.T. Evans! I am sure most folks never noticed these folks were actors--the directors did a good job of making them seem like the real thing. In this case, Joe Daniels (Neal) losing his job this way. And, a bit later, his elderly father Pop Daniels (familiar character actor Clem Bevans) loses his as well. After tragedy strikes, Joe contacts local authorities and a sting operation is attempted in order to catch these thieves.

Overall, this is a rather exciting short. It's not among the very best in the series but is well done and worth your time.

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