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Alan Friedman (original story)
Alan Friedman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 February 1942 (USA) See more »
This MGM short, part of the Crime does not Pay series, focuses on industrial sabotage during wartime... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Mediocre WWII Propaganda Short See more (4 total) »


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Donald Douglas ... FBI Agent Jack Sampson (as Don Douglas)

Gloria Holden ... Beulah Anderson aka Beulah Binvicko

Barry Nelson ... FBI Agent Freed

Harry Worth ... Otto aka Anatole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Bedford ... Beauty Shop Customer (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mike's Wife (uncredited)
John Butler ... Mike (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Spy (uncredited)
Mark Daniels ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Robert Elliott ... Detective (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Ziggy (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
William Lally ... Guard in Gear Truck (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Guard (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... First Tool Works Employee (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Jules Harmon (uncredited)

James Millican ... FBI Agent-Driver (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Spy in Back Room of Beauty Parlor (uncredited)

Arthur Space ... Griff--Saboteur (uncredited)
William Tannen ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

James Warren ... FBI Technician (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Writing credits
Alan Friedman (original story)

Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: 'Don't Talk'" - USA (series title)
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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of Random Harvest (1942).See more »
[first lines]
MGM Crime Reporter:Once again, as the MGM crime reporter, it is my privilege to bring you another episode in our Crime Does Not Pay series. For obvious reasons, the events and characters depicted herein are fictitious. My I present Mr. Jack Sampson, special agent in charge of a field division office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FBI Agent Jack Sampson:Our war program, the most unprecedented in history, calls not only for the production of tanks and guns, planes and ships, but also for the building of a defense against enemy agents within our borders, agents who once again threaten, as they did in 1917. Let us review a typical cast that began in the early morning hours of November 29th, 1941, in a large industrial plant, where a quantity of ferro-manganese, an ore vitally essential in the manufacture of machine tools, was awaiting the furnace...
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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre WWII Propaganda Short, 23 April 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

"Don't Talk" is a Warners short film that exists as little more than a curiosity piece today, and is an example of the kind of ridiculous propaganda that movie studios at the time were feeding the American people in order to keep morale up for the war.

This forgettable film revolves around the plans of a Communist group planted within the United States to carry out terrorist attacks through their contacts at a war ammunitions plant. The moral of the story is that the American people have to be vigilant and on the lookout for subversive behavior -- in other words, when our country is at war, everyone is a soldier in that war. Sound familiar?

What this movie proves is that things haven't changed all that much in the intervening years.

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