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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 »
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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)
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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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Not great but worth seeing, 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a very unusual installment of the Crime Does Not Pay series in that the bad guy in this one is a cop! Officer Nordell (Tom Trout) just completed his training in the police academy and you then discover that he's always been a member of organized crime! He joined the police force in order to be an inside man and help the crooks!

When Nordell is discovered by one of his fellow policemen, Nordell kills him--shooting him down with his service revolver. However, the police learn that the slug was from a police gun and begin examining the guns of all officers. Not surprisingly, Nordell switched guns to avoid detection but you know, like all the Crime Does Not Pay films, that ultimately evil will be caught and punished.

This is a decent short film, though the resolution seemed a bit too easy. Still, it is enjoyable and worth your time.

By the way, this is the second film in which Anthony Caruso appears. Caruso played great noir villains and even parodied this on the "Star Trek" episode "A Piece of the Action".

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