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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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A curious relevance for today, 20 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Purity Squad is one of the later and more importantly relevant short subjects from the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM. This could be a plot easily for a feature length film today.

Byron Foulger is a doctor with a mysterious past that includes a felony warrant for malpractice and he's working for a pharmaceutical company trying to develop an alternative medicine to insulin for diabetics. When Foulger's experiment is released without his consent, his employers have him blackmailed to silence. Then the dead bodies start piling up.

Dick Elliott is the head of drug company and he's seeing lost profits and lawsuits in his future. Personally I would have just run with whatever you've made to some place without an extradition. But Elliott and associates are greedy men and the cover-up continues including a murder of an accomplice.

The Feds, the state attorney general and the Food and Drug Administration all get involved here, not to mention the local police. Given that the FDA has come into a lot of good and bad press with some of their policies, the film has a real relevance for today's audience.

I'd check this one out, it might prove interesting.

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