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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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Crime Does Not Pay, 31 October 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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