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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Hashslinging Spy, 21 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Part of the MGM Crime Does Not Pay series, Don't Talk is supposed to serve as a stern warning to not be talking too freely about your work in war related industries. In this case some nasty Axis saboteurs are operating out of both a beauty shop and a hash house.

In this rather dated short personally I liked Gloria Holden as the waitress who listens for information from the factory workers at a tool& dye plant and passes it on to her superiors. But intrepid FBI agent Barry Nelson is definitely on to her and eventually catches on to how she passes the information. Quite clever really.

This Oscar nominated short subject is part of the propaganda the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover encouraged the film industry to make. Funny thing is that they did do a good job in preventing sabotage which was more of a threat then folks would admit today. And Hoover's historic reputation would be in great shape if he had retired in 1945.

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