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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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Loose lips sink....trucks?! See more (4 total) »


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

Gloria Holden ... Beulah Anderson

Barry Nelson ... FBI Agent Freed

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

Barbara Bedford ... Beauty Shop Customer (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Wife of Mike, the Injured Worker (uncredited)
John Butler ... Mike (uncredited)
Mark Daniels ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Detective (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Ziggy, Saboteur (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)

Did You Know?

Dwight Frye plays a saboteur trying to stop the shipment of machine tools from a defense plant. Somewhat ironic as when he died the year after this was made, the death certificate had him listed as being a tool designer since he was working at Lockheed to do his bit in the war effort.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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Loose lips sink....trucks?!, 30 April 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Don't Talk" is a wartime propaganda film that was nominated for the Oscar for best short. Surprisingly, it holds up very well today--despite its strong message for the folks at home.

This film is about industrial espionage--Axis attempts to sabotage war supplies being trucked across America. I am not sure how serious a problem this really was during the war. Other than a French cruise ship deliberately sunk in New York harbor, I am really don't know if enemy agents had infiltrated our defense plans. BUT, just in case, films like this were made--made to dramatize the work of the FBI as well as to drive home the need to keep quiet about secret government work.

The reasons why it still holds up well are production values, fine acting and a taut script. So, even though the war is long past, these factors work together to help make a fine short. Well worth seeing--and you can see it for free at site linked to IMDb for many of its films.

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