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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An early look at police procedures in a "Crime Does Not Pay" short subject..., 23 October 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

This is a better than average crime melodrama from the producers of the "Crime Does Not Pay" series of shorts made during the '40s.

Today's movie-goers and TV watchers will find it reasonably interesting but primitive in police methods and forensics, especially if they watch the latest CSI shows using modern methods of detection. Still, watching the police on the trail of a crooked officer who's killed a fellow policeman is compelling material for this short subject.

Naturally, the rogue cop has to pay for his criminal behavior. It's all quickly paced and competently performed by a cast of relatively unknown actors that includes ANTHONY CARUSO (who always reminds me so much of RALPH BYRD, another B-actor who played similar tough guy roles).

Some may find it lacks something in the way the detectives go about their work, but I found it held my interest.

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