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Release Date:
5 May 1945 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Walter Sande ... Bull Moose Brannigan

Cameron Mitchell ... Clyde Peeler
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Louie (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Lewis ... Kovak (as Bob Lewis)
Addison Richards ... Warden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Carr ... Joe (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Eddie (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Brannigan Bull Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Dad Pilkington (uncredited)
Eddie Hyans ... Kovak Bodyguard (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Griff (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Shoe Convict (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... The Tailor (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Third Bartender (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Jake (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Chuck (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Brannigan Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Second Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... First Bartender (uncredited)
James Warren ... Tailor's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hart 
Writing credits
DeVallon Scott (story) and
Alan Friedman (story)

DeVallon Scott (screenplay) and
Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Charles Salerno Jr. 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"The Last Installment: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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A tad preachy but excellent in spite of this., 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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