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Release Date:
9 March 1940 (USA) See more »
An entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series, which deals with illegal gambling and illegal bookmaking. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tom Neal ... Frank Watson
Ann Morriss ... Rocky's Moll

Edwin Maxwell ... Rocky Fallon
Jean Rouverol ... Ruth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don 'Red' Barry ... Bryan (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Mechanic (uncredited)
John Butler ... Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Gambling Club Patron (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Chief James Hollister (uncredited)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Higby (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Mayor Steven Andrews (uncredited)
Joe Downing ... Tony Lucca (uncredited)
Lloyd Gough ... Mike - Fallon Henchman (uncredited)

Reed Hadley ... Arthur Jackson (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Patrol Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Mike, Police Lieutenant Hollister's Assistant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Ed (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Gambling Club Manager (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Slot Machine Promoter (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Mike Peters (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Billiards Parlor Proprietor (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Cigar Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Gambler (uncredited)
Duke York ... Fallon Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Rowland 
Writing credits
Eric L. Ergenbright (original story)

Douglas Foster (screenplay) and
Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Art Direction by
Elmer Sheeley 
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 28: Jack Pot" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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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The second time around for Tom Neal..., 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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