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You, the People (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Short, Crime | 30 November 1940 (USA)

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This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Doesn't Pay", features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime "machine" to fraudently win re-election for the current corrupt mayor. ... See full summary »

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Boss Bailey
Byron Shores ...
William Wright
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Albert Perkins
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This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Doesn't Pay", features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime "machine" to fraudently win re-election for the current corrupt mayor. By using several illegal tactics, and aided by voter apathy, the crime boss nearly continues his control of the city. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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30 November 1940 (USA)  »

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A Crime Does Not Pay No. 32: You, the People  »

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Crime Does Not Pay
15 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

You, the People (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series takes a look at a gangster who buys votes, forces people to vote one way and pretty much gets a crooked mayor re-elected for his own gain. One citizen is beaten for trying to stand up against them but that doesn't stop him from trying to bring them down. This is without question one of my favorite series and for the most part it has strong episodes but this here isn't one of them. This is still an entertaining film in its own right but there's not as much drama or tension that you've come to expect from the series. I think the biggest problem is that the main goal is to teach people that they should vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. That's the message and we're pretty much beaten over the head with it. I think the film did a pretty good job at showing how some of the illegal activity is done but there's just not enough story to back anything else up. We do get to see some famous (or at least known) faces here including Bill Edmonds who would go onto play Mr. Martini in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE as well as Hugh Beaumont who would of course go onto Leave it to Beaver.


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