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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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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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"The streets, the buildings, the people. We own it all."
19 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Crime Does Not Pay short about election fraud. Mobsters are running the government in one unnamed city, it seems. They have a patsy Mayor and use every dirty trick in the book to make sure he stays in office. Nice cast includes C. Henry Gordon, Hugh Beaumont, John Hamilton, Will Wright, and Raymond Bailey. Also Mr. Martini himself -- Bill Edmonds! He's one actor who always puts a smile on my face. The basic message is to get out the vote and not to let corrupt politicians and thuggish political machines stop you. I got so worked up I made like Barney Fife and shouted "We defy the mafia!" at my TV screen. This is not the best of this particular series of shorts but it's an entertaining one. The message was hammered home well and I came away feeling that crime, in fact, does not pay.


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