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Release Date:
24 August 1940 (USA) See more »
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You wonder if there was more behind this one than you'd first think.... See more (3 total) »


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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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You wonder if there was more behind this one than you'd first think...., 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Like the other shorts from the Crime Does Not Pay series, this one begins with a convincing introduction by a US government official. The problem is, like these other films, the official is a fake--just an actor posing as one!

"Soak the Old" begins with a well-meaning man (Ralph Morgan) campaigning for pension funds for workers. His appeal is quite convincing and tons of workers sign up for this plan. However, he and the workers don't realize that the pension fund is run by mobsters who have no intention of paying off on claims. In one particular case, an old man puts his money in and just a day later, they claim that he NEVER put his money into the plan--in effect, stealing it. Can these creeps be stopped? Although I am not sure of it, I wonder if this film actually was a poke at unions and their pension funds. While the word 'union' is never used, Louis B. Mayer's hatred of unions and labor organization would seem to lend some credence to this. Again, I am not sure--but it sure looks like it.

Overall, reasonably well made and enjoyable but a step or so below average for the series.

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