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
Like all the other Crime Does Not Pay films I have seen, it begins with a fake public official addressing the audience. These folks were very convincing and are introduced as a judge or prosecutor or some other public official and you assume that's who they are since they are not listed in the credits, but MGM used actors in these roles!
This is the second film in the series that stars Tom Neal. Like the other one, he's a good guy out to stop crime--quite a bit different from his IMDb biography, by the way. He is a shopkeeper who is approached by a mobster and told he must place a slot machine in his business OR ELSE! Well, he's not having any part of it and goes to the police. However, and this is VERY unusual for the series, the town's political machine is corrupt and soon the mobster is released from custody. So, Neal does what any clear-thinking citizen would do--take on the mob all by himself! What's next? See the film.
This is a rather average film from the Crime Does Not Pay series--and this is NOT bad, as the films generally were well-acted and exciting and this one is no different. Not outstanding but still quite good.
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