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Alan Friedman (original story) and
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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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Additional Details

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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Weak...really, really weak., 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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