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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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The Food and Drug Administration, 18 July 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

One of MGM's short films made during the 30s and 40s was presented by TCM recently. These one reel movies were done, in part, to present new talent, or like in this one, to inform the public about a new drug. The emphasis of this short film is to show how the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that deals with the approval of medicine prescribed in the United States, works in dealing with careless individuals that try to do their own version of a drug being tasted to combat diabetes.

Diabulin, was being tested in the form of a pill to replace insulin shots. When people begin dying after taking the drug, brings the FDA into action. The problem is there are some unscrupulous individuals doing illegal things at the laboratory where the experimental drug is being tested on rabbits.

The film, which is done documentary style, was informative in warning audiences of the time how vigilant the agency was in getting bad medicine from ever reaching patients. As directed by Harold Kress, and based on the screen treatment by Charles Royal, the film served its purpose by alerting the American public of the dangers of taking the tainted product.

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