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Jack Pot (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Short  |  9 March 1940 (USA)
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An entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series, which deals with illegal gambling and illegal bookmaking.



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ...
Frank Watson
Ann Morriss ...
Rocky's Moll
Rocky Fallon
Jean Rouverol ...


The MGM Crime Reporter introduces James Hollister, the Police Chief of a metropolitan city. He mentions that what may seem like the smallest of crimes or no crime at all may have the biggest negative impact of society, the illegal distribution of slot machines being one such example. Changing the names to protect the innocent, he tells the story of mob boss Rocky Fallon who earned much income for his illegal activities from earnings from slot machines, where the insertion of a nickel here and a nickel there added up to several thousand dollars profit per day. It was such an important component of his business that he inserted a mole into the mayor's office, the mayor who vowed as part of his election to get tough on crime. People who were not even remotely associated with the slot machines, such as dry cleaning business owner Frank Watson, whose life was irrevocable changed for the worse by Rocky, who again could not have done what he did without that slot machine revenue. Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Short






Release Date:

9 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 28: Jack Pot  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rocky Fallon: [referring to a well-dressed man who has entered the casino] Hmmm... Steer him to the big table. Let him win five thousand.
Gambling Club Manager: [rhetorically] Hmmm... Why didn't I go in for politics?
Rocky Fallon: [chuckles]
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Crime Does Not Pay
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Jack Pot (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Part of MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series with this one looking at illegal gambling in the form of slot machines. This is yet another pretty good entry in the series, although this one here isn't among the best out there. There isn't as much drama this time out but the way the story is told keeps it interesting throughout.

Turner Classic Movies is the best place to catch these Crime Does Not Pay series as they usually show at least one a month. Some have been released to various Warner box sets as well.

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