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15 September 1945 (USA) See more »
Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana

Anthony Caruso ... Frankie (as Tony Caruso)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Police Academy Graduate (uncredited)
William Challee ... Snorky (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Veteran Policeman Mc Guinnes (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Calvin 'Whitey' Foster (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Police Captain R. C. Johnson (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Police Lab Technician Wilson (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Police Lt. O'Neill (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Chief of Police (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Ex-Con Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
Charles F. Royal (story) (as Charles Francis Royal)

Richard H. Landau  (as Richard Landau)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10966)


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A great short film that I'm glad to see on DVD, 4 July 2009
Author: stalzz64 from United States

It was pretty cool to see this one and a total of nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes of other short films in this series as bonus tracks on the 'DVD 'Film Noir-Bringing Darkness To Light' by Warner Bros. This is a great short about how crime doesn't pay. The police forensics in the 40's were pretty damned amazing considering that there were NO COMPUTERS.

WB is GREAT about including short subjects that would probably never see the light of day on DVD or TV. The TCM channel, owned by WB does show these MGM shorts, thank goodness!

Several of these shorts have familiar character actor faces in them including Anthony Caruso in this one who was one of the most prolific character actors and contract players in Hollywood in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's. One of his most famous roles was in an episode of 'Star Trek' the original series in the episode 'A Piece Of The Action', where he played (surprise!) a gangster mob boss who meets Kirk and Spock and the Enterprise gang. Look up Anthony Caruso's impressive resume here on IMDb.

I collect celebrity autographs and I specialize in character actors and actresses, and I am fortunate to have Mr. Caruso's signature in my collection! No, I don't sell any of my autographs, either.

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