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27 January 1940 (USA) See more »
An expose of attempts by wealthy people to avoid payment of customs duties. Part of the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series. | Add synopsis »
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Neil Hamilton ... Stephen Lancaster
Lynne Carver ... Mrs. Marguerite Lancaster

Gertrude Michael ... Mrs. Irene Reynolds
Victor Varconi ... Victor Lestrade
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Bedford ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Benois (uncredited)
Don Castle ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Mayor Porter Woolsey (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Antwerp Cafe Customer (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Dorset - Lancaster Election Supporter (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Customs Agent Charles H. Warner (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Bartender in Antwerp (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Woolsey Election Rally Speaker (uncredited)
Wally Maher ... Douglas - Warner's Assistant (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... George Reynolds (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Woolsey Committee Man (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Socialite (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Marshall - Agent in Antwerp (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Lautrec - Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Felix E. Feist 
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 26: Pound Foolish" - USA (series title)
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USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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The ending is a bit far-fetched...though exciting., 19 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This installment of the Crime Does Not Pay series stars Neil Hamilton--a guy who had been a leading man in the 1920s and 30s. By 1940, Hamilton's career has slowed a bit and he was now playing supporting roles or starring in low-budget B-movies. However, you will probably recognize him as Commissioner Gordon from the "Batman" TV show of 1966.

"Pound Foolish" is about smuggling items from abroad in order to avoid paying import duties. It begins with a customs officer's wife coming into the country with lots of items she didn't declare and she's contemptuous of the law--invoking her husband's name as if it should somehow exclude her from laws that affect 'other people'. However, customs officials have become wise to her and plan on arresting her after they gather more evidence. How this ends up hurting Hamilton's character, you'll have to see for yourself.

The story is pretty exciting, though perhaps a bit overwrought. Now I am NOT excusing this sort of behavior, but ending the film the way they did made the story seem a bit far-fetched. Though, in keeping with the style of the series, the ultra-violent ending isn't surprising. A fair representation of the series.

By the way, like most of the Crime Does Not Pay films, it features a fake government official who introduces the film. This time 'customs Agent Warner' is played by the character actor John Hamilton--the guy who played Clark Kent's boss in "The Adventures of Superman" TV series.

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