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Release Date:
24 August 1940 (USA) See more »
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Ralph Morgan ... Peterson
George Cleveland ... John Arnold
Cathy Lewis ... Ruthie (as Catherine Lewis)
George Lessey ... William Bowen, Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Detective (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Bogus Pension Office Employee (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Martin's Henchman (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Pension Leader (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Doctor (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Detective (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Respectable Pension Leader (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Pension Leader (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Noisy - Martin's Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Martin (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Pension Leader (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Carl- Martin's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Sammy Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Foster  screenplay
Douglas Foster  story

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 31: Soak the Old" - 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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Crime Can Be Depressing, 11 October 2008
Author: Clay Loomis from Arroyo Grande, California

This 1940 short is one of a series (Crime Does Not Pay) intended to inform the populous about crime and how to protect themselves from scams. It stars Ralph Morgan, older brother of Frank Morgan of Wizard of Oz fame (they look strikingly similar, but sound quite different). This is the first of this particular series I've seen, and I caught it today on TCM.

I was not familiar with the pension scam referred to in this short, and after watching it, I was no better off. Some things were not explained, as I imagine old folks at the time were already familiar with such pension funds. It looked to me like people would donate to these funds, but nobody could get money out. I couldn't see the appeal of such a fund, even if it was legitimate.

The big problem I had with this short was that it was quite dreary, and frankly, a little depressing (telling old people they are useless? C'mon!). Nothing really to be learned here anymore either, as whatever this scam was is long gone now. But when it comes to that, who will remember the current "Nigerian millionaire" e-mail scam 60 years from now?

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