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Brainerd Duffield (original story)
Edward Bock (screenplay)
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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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Campy short warns of dangerous "confidence men" See more (4 total) »


  (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)
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Campy short warns of dangerous "confidence men", 31 May 2005
Author: Craig Hamrick from New York City

A rarely seen dramatic performance by matronly Ann Shoemaker, who played dozens of "mother" roles in the '40s and beyond, adds some interest to this otherwise run-of-the-mill MGM short. The cautionary tale shows how a team of "confidence men" (and a couple little old ladies, inexplicably) interviewed neighbors and pored over newspaper archives to help their ringleader con an unwitting, grieving mother (Shoemaker) out of her life savings. (In a dramatic moment, after confessing her sins to her mousy husband, she steps in front of a car, ending her own sad existence). TCM occasionally airs this as one of its One Reel Wonders. It's worth catching, for camp value, if you get a chance.

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