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Easy Life (1944)

 -  Crime | Short | Drama  -  20 May 1944 (USA)
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In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he ... See full summary »

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In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he thought it would be. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Weak...really, really weak.
24 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Starting with the previous short, "Patrolling the Ether", the usual format of the Crime Does Not Pay films was abandoned. Instead of having an introduction by the MGM crime reporter and some fake government official, there is no introduction at all.

All of the films in the series tried to teach a lesson, though it was usually couched so well in entertainment that it didn't come off as preachy. But, in the case of "Easy Life", the entertainment is minimal and the picture just comes off as preachy.

The story is about a young guy named Frank Davis (Bernard Thomas) and it's meant, clearly, to a morality tale about hard work and good 'ol Americanism. He thinks that a life of crime will lead to an easy life--not realizing that instead, it ends in DEATH!!! It's all about as subtle as a stripper at a Baptist picnic! And, not particularly enjoyable--representing a low point in the series. Clearly, they could only get better!


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