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Brainerd Duffield (original story)
Edward Bock (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1945 (USA) See more »
The police have files on many different types of con artists, among them fake spiritualists or psychics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Dorothy Adams ... Dr. Trykel's Associate (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective Lester (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Gus Conklin (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... High School Principal (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Butcher (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Philip Kenneson, Sr. (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Dr. Rupert Trykel (uncredited)
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Martha Kenneson (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Inspector Becker (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold Young 
Writing credits
Brainerd Duffield (original story)

Edward Bock (screenplay)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay (#45): Phantoms, Inc." - USA (series title)
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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Psychics are scum., 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This installment of the Crime Does Not Pay series is a warning to the public about the evils of psychics--though the story is indeed an extreme one. It begins with a grieving couple whose son has died. The wife insists that they consult a psychic and they are told some general things which please the grieving mother. At first, her husband (Frank Reicher) goes along with this but he soon realizes she's spending a fortune to get information from the psychics which anyone could know if they researched the family (which the psychic, played by Arthur Shields*, and his confederates did do). When the husband confronts the psychic, a fight occurs and soon the bodies start piling up!

This is a violent and exciting film. Hopefully it also warned some would-be victims about this racket, though I tend to believe that folks wanting to believe will usually believe--no matter what evidence you show them. Regardless, it's well made and worth seeing.

*Arthur Shields is actually the brother of Barry Fitzgerald and you can see the similarity between them--if you know to look!

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