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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)
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Cautionary Tale, 24 June 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA


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.


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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