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Know Your Money (1940)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  27 January 1940 (USA)
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This entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with the efforts of the Secret Service to detect counterfeit money and prosecute those responsible for such crimes.


(as Joe Newman)


(original story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Noel Madison ...
Dennis Moore ...
Secret Service Agent Evans
Charles D. Brown ...
George D. Waldron
William Edmunds ...
Samuel 'The Dutchman' Welker
Bowers, the Printer


The MGM crime reporter presents Captain George D. Waldron of the New York District of the US Secret Service, who talks about counterfeiting. He recounts one case where the New York area was flooded with counterfeit $10 bills. When the first of those bills was spotted by the bank, it went to the Secret Service for analysis. Beyond noticing the different markings from real bills, they determined any other similarities between subsequent counterfeit bills they came across. They also had to figure out who was an innocent recipient of a bill as opposed who was working as part of the network distributing the bills. They also did a check of the source of the paper, and did a background check on known criminals who had a counterfeiting background. They hoped that piecing together all the evidence gathered would lead them to the head of the counterfeiting ring. Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

27 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 27: Know Your Money  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quite a good short
26 March 2007 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This was a short (20 min) that was played today on TCM in between movies.

It starts out with an officer telling the viewers that the short that is about to be played is a dramatized version of a counterfeiter in action.

The short then tells a story about a gang of counterfeiters and how they make their money and pass it on to unsuspected people.

I thought it was quite good, for the time. Kinda sappy at times, but all in all it brought a good message to the 1940s public, "Crime doesn't pay."

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