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Jack Pot (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Short | 9 March 1940 (USA)
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:
Frank Watson
Ann Morriss ...
Rocky's Moll
Rocky Fallon


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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Presented as an extra on the 'I Love You Again' DVD that is Disc 4 in the 5-film 'TCM Spotlight: Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection'. See more »


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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Jack Pot is a pretty good Crime Does Not Pay short.
30 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Crime Does Not Pay short from M-G-M on the I Love You Again DVD. This one concerns the illegal profit of slot machines displayed in various places where unsuspecting customers don't know how they're getting ripped off. An owner of a dry cleaning business, however, doesn't want one and gets in trouble as a result. I'll stop there and just say this was quite an interesting short, if not a very exciting one. Since there's no music score, silence is effectively used in some scenes. So on that note, Jack Pot is worth a look. P.S. Among the players is future Ward Cleaver from the TV show "Leave It To Beaver", Hugh Beaumont. He plays a mechanic.

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