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:
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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Crime Does Not Pay
13 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Know Your Money (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Part of MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series, this short takes a look at how the Secret Service makes sure counterfeit money doesn't end up switching hands in America. The film centers on a small group of people passing around fake ten-dollar bills and how the Secret Service eventually catches them. This entry in the series takes great pride in telling us we're actually seeing how counterfeit money is made and passed around. We get a title sequence at the start of the film letting us know what we're watching is real and that adds some fun to the movie. I'm a big fan of this series and this here is yet another worthy entry as it contains some good thrills as well as telling a good story. The performances are all quite good, the direction tight and in the end this is well worth viewing if you're a fan of crime dramas.

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