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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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Trite entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series... See more (4 total) »


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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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Trite entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series..., 29 June 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The only reason I watched this episode of the series was to see CAMERON MITCHELL in his first screen role. He's hardly in it--only at the start and finish--but narrates most of it.

He's in jail about to be released and still thinks the life of a gangster can be a glamorous one. He reads all about the exploits of one of his favorite criminals--and in the end, is shown what has happened to that "glamorous" creature who is now a sad relic of the man he used to be. This, supposedly, convinces Mitchell to go straight once he's released.

It's totally unconvincing and fails to make its point with any distinction. Definitely one of the weakest entries I've ever seen in this so-so documentary series, never subtle in its approach.

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