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Coffins on Wheels (1941)

 -  Crime | Short | Drama  -  7 June 1941 (USA)
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Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

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(as Joe Newman)

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(original story), (screenplay)
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Cast

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Billy Phillips
Tommy Baker ...
Tommy Phillips (as Tom Baker)
Allan Lane ...
Police Lieutenant
Cy Kendall ...
Nick the Used Car Dealer
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Storyline

Tommy is a teenager, excited about buying his first car. The car looks terrific, but the owner of the used-car lot, Nick, is actually a racketeer who sells dangerously unfit cars to unsuspecting buyers. When the brakes fail on one of the cars Nick sold, tragedy ensues and the police are called in to prove that Crime Does Not Pay. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Short | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 35: Coffins on Wheels  »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Mr. Blabbermouth! (1942) See more »

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Fight 'Em
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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A Cautionary Tale
24 June 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM CRIME DOES NOT PAY Short Subject

A crooked car dealer sells COFFINS ON WHEELS, used cars which are dangerously unfit to be on the road.

This little film served as an admonition to car buyers to only purchase vehicles from reputable dealers. It is well made and fast moving, getting its message across effectively.

Darryl Hickman plays the tragic young Billy. Allan Lane is the determined police lieutenant. The vile car dealer is performed by Cy Kendall and his sleazy salesman by an uncredited John Gallaudet.

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Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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