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28 November 1942 (USA) See more »
An FBI agent goes undercover to investigate the sabotage of American cargo ships. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Davis ... Joseph Cummins (as James Davis)
Ian Keith ... FBI Director Sinclair
George Travell ... Rucca
Frederick Worlock ... Hugo Stregel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Mitchell (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... FBI Chemist (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Business Man (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Mark Daniels ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
James Dime ... Barfly / Henchman (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Vic, Stregel's Thug (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Pelly, Stregel's Henchman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Captain Lundgren (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Vic Torrielli (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Agent Walsh - Sinclaire's Aide (uncredited)
Lou Smith ... Henchman (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Arnold M. Bishop (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Seaman (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Bartender (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Doctor (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Gruning, Stregel's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Wrangell 
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 38: Keep 'Em Sailing" - USA (series title)
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USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Crime Does Not Pay goes to war., 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

When MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series debuted in 1936, it created a pattern which it consistently followed until 1939--and the short films were amazingly good. The films mostly involved gangsters, though not always, and they were tense and very violent. However, when WWII began, the films more and more often involved topics like good citizenship and Americanism. Then, once the Americans entered WWII in late 1941, the topics almost exclusively were about sabotage, spies and the like. And, frankly, the films lost their edge and became a bit preachy. I understand why the films changed, as Hollywood was trying to bolster the war effort with positive propaganda, but the films STILL come off as propaganda and are less entertaining. In light of the war effort, it's not surprising that they would make a film about a disloyal and greedy sailor who is willing, if the price is right, to help our enemies to sink one of our ships. Apart from seeing Jim Davis and Hugh Beaumont before they were stars, this is a pretty pretty adequate film and nothing more.

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