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Howard Dimsdale (original story)
Howard Dimsdale (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Darryl Hickman ... Billy Phillips
Tommy Baker ... Tommy Phillips (as Tom Baker)

Allan Lane ... Police Lieutenant
Cy Kendall ... Nick the Used Car Dealer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Martin - Car Buyer (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... First Nurse, at Desk (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mother in Waiting Room (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Tommy's Father (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Billy & Tommy's Mother, Mrs. Phillips (uncredited)
John Butler ... Man Selling Wrecked Car (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Second Nurse, in Room (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Williams the Salesman (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Commissioner Blake (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Father in Waiting Room (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Detective (uncredited)
William Lally ... Cop (uncredited)
George Lessey ... Narrator (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Trucker (uncredited)
James Millican ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Larry Nunn ... Bob - Tommy's Pal (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Younger Police Mechanic (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Loopy the Mechanic (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Older Police Mechanic (uncredited)
Duke York ... Flagman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Writing credits
Howard Dimsdale (original story)

Howard Dimsdale (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: title music (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 35: Coffins on Wheels" - USA (series title)
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17 min (TCM print)
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Edited into Mr. Blabbermouth! (1942)See more »
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Pretty exciting stuff!, 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I was pretty happy as I watched "Coffins on Wheels", as several of the Crime Does Not Pay shorts preceding this one were pretty dull and preachy. This is because the great series took a bit of a nosedive when WWII began, as MGM began focusing less on organized crime and violence and more on topics like civic duty and patriotism. Yet, somehow, the series avoided these preachy topics and got back to their roots with "Coffins on Wheels".

This film is about unscrupulous used car dealers who buy unsafe cars and give them cosmetic changes to make them seem road-worthy. The jerks in this one have no trouble selling a teenager a car with faulty brakes and it ends up leading to a thrilling and bloody accident. But, as you'd expect with the series, the baddies get theirs in the end! It makes for a very exciting film--one that won't disappoint.

A few folks to look for in this one are a very young Darryl Hickman, the cowboy star Allan 'Rocky' Lane and Roy Gordon. Who is Gordon? Well in the films in this series, the films are introduced by some important government official. In this particular film, it's supposed to be Mr. Blake from the Department of Motor Vehicles, but like ALL the films he's just an actor!

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