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Scott Littleton (based on an original idea by)
Julian Hochfelder (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 August 1940 (USA) See more »
This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with shady companies selling fake merchandise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Arnt ... Les Carter (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Insp. Thomas' Assistant (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Child's Father (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ... Police Insp. William C. Thomas (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Helen Collins (uncredited)
John Butler ... Jerry (uncredited)

Ralph Byrd ... Officer Halligan (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Marty Vincent (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Police Chemist (uncredited)
Carroll Nye ... George Collins (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Smith (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Pill Spilling (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Man Consoling Wife (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Fredericks (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... County Geologist (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Writing credits
Scott Littleton (based on an original idea by)

Julian Hochfelder (screenplay) and
Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lester White 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 30: Buyer Beware" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
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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Once again, excellence., 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This episode of the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM begins like all the others--it has a fake politician introduce the film. Time and again they did this--I assume due to a feeling that this would add respectability and realism to the short films!

This installment, "Buyer Beware", is about hijacked and adulterated products. However, the focus is much more on the merchants who knowingly purchase these items--thinking they'll save a few dollars and ignoring the real cost. In this case, a pharmacy owner makes a deal with these mobsters--thinking it will help them to finally make a profit. However, his partner isn't happy when he realizes they are dealing in stolen goods and threatens to go to the police. At this point, the mob beaks the snot out of the guy and he knuckles under--accepting more shipments. However, later instead of stolen items, they give him adulterated drugs--drugs that can kill!!

This is a well made short filled with the stuff I like in the films--violence, realism and excellent acting. This is one exciting film and you assume this problem is NOT just confined to 1940! Worth your time.

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