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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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Excellent, 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This episode of the Crime Does Not Pay series is about the work of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It begins with an announcement that a dangerous drug has been sold, Diabulin, and it should be destroyed immediately.

Following this introduction, the story of how such a harmful drug came to the market is explained through a flashback. A researcher has created Diabulin to treat diabetes. However, it's not been thoroughly tested and he is horrified to see that his bosses are planning on selling it anyway. And, their marketing campaign is even worse--with fake testimonials and a media blitz that make it SEEM like it is a miracle drug. But, it soon becomes obvious that the drug is dangerous--and the manufacturers couldn't care less and their number one concern is making money! This film was both very informative AND very entertaining--a difficult balancing act for a film. Well worth seeing, it's unusual for the Crime Does Not Pay series--but a worthy installment nevertheless.

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