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Samuel H. Chain (story) and
Alan Friedman (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 July 1941 (USA) See more »
Mr. Brown and his racketeer buddies, calling their company "Best Selections", come up with a scheme... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lynne Carver ... Mary Allen
Noel Madison ... Mr. Brown, Chief Racketeer
John Archer ... William 'Bill' Allen
George Cleveland ... Old Man Not Beaten Up
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Mechanic Under Car (uncredited)

Raymond Bailey ... Phony Bookmaker (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Charles Adams (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Mr. Allen's Secretary (uncredited)
John Burton ... Gus, Racketeer Broadcasting Winners (uncredited)
John Butler ... Gus, Mr. Brown's Associate (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Racketeer Typing Winners (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Mr. James Sawyer, Horseracing Commissioner (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Mr. Dodd, Newspaper Owner (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Telephone Tipster (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Jake, Racketeer with Earphones (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Man Bringing 10,000 Names (uncredited)
Frank M. Thomas ... Policeman at Commissioner's Office (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Assistant Chief Racketeer (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Man Wanting Match (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Rowland 
Writing credits
Samuel H. Chain (story) and
Alan Friedman (story)

Douglas Foster (screenplay)

Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 36: Sucker List" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Ward Gets the Business From the Fellas, 9 April 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Crime Does Not Pay short centering on con men who rip-off people with bets on "sure things." It's not easy to feel sorry for these people who put themselves in this spot by gambling in the first place. But the short does a good enough job selling the hard luck stories of one or two so you don't root for the bad guys. Hugh Beaumont, who would go on to play Ward Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, is one of the people ripped off. So Hugh goes to get his money back and winds up getting the snot beat out of him. What happens to him from there I won't spoil. Let's just say this is one story Ward didn't share with the Beaver. The Crime Does Not Pay series was usually entertaining and this is no exception. Good cast includes George Cleveland, John Archer, Noel Madison, and the aforementioned Hugh Beaumont.

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