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Carl Dudley (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Noel Madison ... Dominic

Dennis Moore ... Secret Service Agent Evans
Charles D. Brown ... George D. Waldron
William Edmunds ... Samuel 'The Dutchman' Welker

John Wray ... Bowers, the Printer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Samuels, the Druggist (uncredited)
John Butler ... Johnson (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Bank Teller (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Squad Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Walters (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Adrian Morris ... Joe (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Tobacconist (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Welsh, Lab Technician (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Brand, the Printer (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Dudley (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Writing credits
Carl Dudley (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
Elmer Sheeley 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 27: Know Your Money" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wow, was I surprised, 23 September 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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