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You, the People (1940)

 -  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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Complete credited cast:
C. Henry Gordon ...
John 'Boss' Bailey
Byron Shores ...
Deputy William 'Bill' Wright
Paul Everton ...
Mayor James W. 'Jim' Wheelock
Matt McHugh ...
Albert 'Bert' / 'Perky' Perkins


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 <>

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30 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Teaching good citizenship instead of entertaining.
20 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"no crook ever won an election when the people did their duty"

Since I bought the "Crime Does Not Pay" DVD set, I noticed that the earlier, pre-WWII episodes were by far the best. They were full of excitement, violence and mobsters. However, after WWII began in Europe, often the topics changed to patriotism and good citizenship. And, frankly, these topics come off as preachy and are a lot less fun to watch. I also noticed that the 'government officials' who introduce the films are, in fact, actors--with the producers trying to pass them off as real officials in order to give the films a touch of authenticity. In this case, Mr. Edward Gibbon is actually played by Robert Elliot!

In "You, The People", the problem being addressed is political corruption. In an unidentified town, mobsters run the government--with a hand-picked mayor and enough voter fraud to ensure he'll never be voted out of office. To make it worse, voter apathy becomes so bad, it is like the people are condoning the corruption and abuse of power.

This turns out to be a good civics lesson bu also a horribly boring and preachy short film at times. Not terrible but it sure could be better!

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