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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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  (in alphabetical order)
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Amazing collection of good actors, 20 January 2005

This entry number 30 in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series of shorts is one of the first I've paid serious attention to.

Mostly these shorts are used today as fillers on Turner Classic Movies, and I suspect most people use the time to go to the bathroom or kitchen.

Bad mistake, if "Buyer Beware" is any example.

I might have ignored this one too until I started recognizing some of my favorite actors.

If Jack Pennick is in it, I want to see it, whatever it might be.

Milburn Stone, a great actor who is known almost entirely, except by film historians, as Doc in "Gunsmoke," plays one of the chief bad guys in "Buyer Beware." And Ralph Byrd has a moment -- no, more like five seconds -- of glory as a uniformed police officer.

Every one of these generally unknown actors puts on a good show, and they make a relatively tame story well worth watching.

I mean, any film, even a short quickly produced as a time filler, with Ralph Byrd willing to be uncredited, as were all the players, and on screen for five seconds, is a terrific movie-watching, face-seeking ("Say, isn't that ...?") opportunity.

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