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The Last Installment: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject (1945)

 -  Crime | Short | 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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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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