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The Last Installment (1945)

Approved  |   |  Short, Crime, Drama  |  5 May 1945 (USA)
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Cell mates Clyde and Griff are both soon being released from jail. Griff offers Clyde an opportunity to continue a life of crime on the outside, implying that his criminal connections would... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Walter Sande ...
Bull Moose Brannigan
Clyde Peeler
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Louie (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Lewis ...
Kovak (as Bob Lewis)
Addison Richards ...


Cell mates Clyde and Griff are both soon being released from jail. Griff offers Clyde an opportunity to continue a life of crime on the outside, implying that his criminal connections would lead to as glamorous a criminal life as there ever was, comparing this situation to the glory days of the 1920s. Clyde is reading a story in a magazine about 1920s underworld czar, Bull Moose Brannigan. In the story, Brannigan is able to take control of the criminal world, stamping out anyone who tried to muscle in on his territory. Because of Brannigan's life, he who could buy anything he wanted, Clyde is thinking about taking Griff up on his offer, believing he may have the opportunity to become the next Bull Moose Brannigan in doing so. The warden, upon Clyde's release, hopes he has a way to keep Clyde on the straight and narrow on the outside. Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama






Release Date:

5 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Installment: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Crime Does Not Pay
31 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Last Installment, The (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Small time criminal Clyde Peeler (Cameron Mitchell) is set to be released from prison the following day when his cell mate offers him a job in his gang. Peeler says he'll think about it but he finally accepts the job after reading about the life of a famous gangster in a magazine. What Peeler doesn't know is how that story ends but the warden is going to tell him. This is yet another good entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series and once again we learn the downside of being bad. This episode is a little different from some earlier ones as there isn't any introduction at the start of the film and the majority of the film is a flashback. The main guy, Mitchell's character, is only briefly seen, although he ends up doing the narration from start to finish. The movie has a pretty good story, although I do think the gangsters could have been built up a little better. We do have some good scenes with the two different sides doing battle over the West Side and this includes a couple shootings. The moral of the film is pretty easy to swallow here and the way the ending is handled was pretty good and effective.

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