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3 November 1945 (USA) See more »
This entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Laren aka Dr. Dibson
Dick Elliott ... Judge Gilmenn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Adams (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... John Billings, Janitor (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Judge (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Radio Station Man in Studio (uncredited)
Frank Fenton ... Chester Malton (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Dr. Cooper (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Man at Table in Montage (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Darles F. Peters (uncredited)

Paul Langton ... Mr. Winthrop (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Scientist Jenks (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Dr. Whitman (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold F. Kress  (as Harold Kress)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles F. Royal  (as Charles Francis Royal)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 47: Purity Squad" - USA (series title)
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USA:19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Crime Does Not Pay, 27 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Purity Squad (1945)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

45th film in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series looks at the FDA and their attempts to break a drug company from selling a pill to diabetics, which is suppose to be better than insulin but no tests have been done on it. This episode here really packs a nice little punch due to some very good performances and a couple great villains. This was one of the last from the series and the production values have fallen quite a bit from when the series started but the film still packs a nice little punch.

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