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Release Date:
20 May 1944 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Steven Geray ... Batt
Bernard Thomas ... Frank Davis
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Jesse (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Challee ... Dick, a Thug (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Landlord (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Bartender (uncredited)
George Meader ... Gang Member with Monocle (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Policeman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... News Vendor (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Coroner / Narrator (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Fence (uncredited)
James Warren ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jacqueline White ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hart 
Writing credits
Alan Friedman (original story) and
DeVallon Scott (original story) (as De Vallon Scott)

Alan Friedman (screenplay) and
DeVallon Scott (screenplay) (as De Vallon Scott)

Original Music by
Gerard Carbonara 
Cinematography by
Charles Salerno Jr. 
Film Editing by
Philip W. Anderson  (as Philip Anderson)
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Easy Life: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Crime Does Not Pay, 13 June 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Easy Life (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series has 17-year-old Frank Davis (Bernard Thomas) dropping out of school after learning that stealing can lead to quick cash. Soon he's picked up by a mob boss and they pull off a big heist but Frank soon learns that it's not an easy or fun life. This series is perhaps my favorite of any classic short series but this here might just be the weakest one I've seen. I really enjoyed the straight punch in regards to the ending but outside of this the short is pretty bland. It's certainly not a bad one but when it comes to this series I expect a lot more. I really wasn't impressed with Thomas because I found him to be a tad bit too simple in his role. I also wasn't impressed with any of the supporting players as they really didn't add anything to the film. The director and production crew handled the material very seriously as they clearly wanted to get a message across but the story itself just wasn't strong enough to make it entertaining.

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