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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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Jack Pot is a pretty good Crime Does Not Pay short., 30 January 2015
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

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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