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The Last Installment (1945)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  5 May 1945 (USA)
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In his prison cell, Clyde reads about the glamorized life story of Bull Moose Brannigan, a 1920's gangster, in installments in a magazine. He dreams of the day when he gets out and can ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Walter Sande ...
B.M. 'Bull Moose' Brannigan
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Clyde Peeler / Narrator
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Louie, Brannigan Chief Henchman
Robert Lewis ...
Kovak - Clyde's cellmate (as Bob Lewis)
Addison Richards ...
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In his prison cell, Clyde reads about the glamorized life story of Bull Moose Brannigan, a 1920's gangster, in installments in a magazine. He dreams of the day when he gets out and can enjoy the life he reads about. As the day of freedom approaches, the warden shows Clyde how Brannigan ended up, i.e., "the last installment." Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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5 May 1945 (USA)  »

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The Last Installment: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject  »

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A tad preachy but excellent in spite of this.
24 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This installment of the Crime Does Not Pay series begins in prison. A young punk (Cameron Mitchell) is looking forward to returning to a life of crime after his release. Much of this is because while he was in prison, he entertained himself by reading about the exploits of a big-time gangster of the roaring twenties--'Bull Moose' Brannigan (Walter Slade). And the film then goes through a long series of flashbacks showing Brannigan's exploits. However, the soon to be paroled man has not yet finished the story--and the warden invites him in to his office to let him know the rest of the story.

While this film is a bit preachier than most, it is clearly violent and the sort of thing that hearkens back to the best films in the series that were made in the 1930s. During the war years, most of these shorts dipped in quality. But with the war practically won, MGM returned to making crime films about crime! Well worth seeing and entertaining.


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