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
I rarely watch the shorts on TCM when they are interspersed between features. And in this case, I was about to turn it off, though as the film progressed I found I was unexpectedly intrigued by the movie. That's because although the subject matter seemed a little dull at first (counterfeiting), the way this was so deftly handled impressed me. Instead of over-hyping and making the good guys seem like super-heroes OR making the dialog seem like an episode of DRAGNET, this film was extremely realistic for the time. And where I usually expected to see unrealistic Hollywood heroics that defy logic, the characters seemed to act like I would have expected real Secret Service agents to act. This way, the film is almost like a tiny time capsule of the age instead of fiction. Intelligent, well-paced and above all, interesting! A short subject film well worth your time.
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