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Release Date:
25 January 1947 (USA) See more »
This short is in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score.' He bets on the horses and owes his bookie... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Barry Nelson ... Charles Verne
Eloise Hardt ... Martha Verne
George Travell ... John, the hired driver
Milton Kibbee ... Mr. Ashland, Charles' Boss
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Mossley, Charles' Landlord
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Casey - the Bartender (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Match Borrower (uncredited)

Red Skelton ... Himself - Comedian on Radio (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Policeman Thompson (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joseph Newman)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doane R. Hoag  (as Doane Hoag)
Emile C. Tepperman  story

Produced by
Jerry Bresler .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Charles Salerno Jr. 
Film Editing by
Chester W. Schaeffer  (as Chester Schaeffer)
Art Direction by
Harry McAfee 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay #48: The Luckiest Guy in the World" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Released over a year after its predecessor, 'Purity Squad' (1945), this was the final episode in the long and successful Crime Does Not Pay 2-reel series.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
He Had It Made, 21 February 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Crime Does Not Pay short subjects were usually pedantic lessons on the evils of crime and how the police inevitably get their man because they've got science and good detective instincts on their side. This last one of the series is one glorious exception, it could have been a feature film. And as a short subject could have qualified for a Twilight Zone episode.

Barry Nelson who had a much better career on stage than he did on film stars in The Luckiest Guy In The World. He starts out pretty unlucky because he's a compulsive gambler who picks losers all the time. Embezzlement leads to murder and what seems a successful cover-up. But only seems so because this guy did get away with the crime, but the ending is out of a Twilight Zone episode.

This short subject was nominated for an Oscar in that category, but lost to a short subject called A Boy And His Dog and do I have to tell you what that's about. Sentimental won out over the surreal that year.

Still this short subject is one of the best around.

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