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4 January 1941 (USA) See more »
Shows how so-called "minor" lawbreakers can do more damage than major criminals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Moroni Olsen ... Dr. Walter Terriss
Richard Lane ... George Johnson
Frank Orth ... Peter Brennan
William Forrest ... Police Lieutenant Edward Macroy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Reporter (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Johnson's Maid (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Mrs. George Johnson (uncredited)
Bruce Edwards ... Interne (uncredited)
Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Arturi, Bereaved Italian Mother (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Williams, Radio Interviewee (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Police Officer (uncredited)
William Lally ... Cop (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Reporter (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Nun (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Raitt ... Pete, First Plague Victim (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Mark, Terriss's Associate (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Johnson's Secretary (uncredited)
John Wald ... Radio Commentator (uncredited)
Duke York ... Bereaved Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 33: Respect the Law" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Good Entry, 23 December 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Respect the Law (1941)

*** (out of 4)

Thirty-third entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series with this one taking a look at minor crimes and how they can be just as dangerous as major crimes. In the film, a ship dock owner (Richard Lane) buys off a Health Inspector so that he can avoid cleaning the rats off his dock. This doesn't seem too big at the time but soon the rats bring in a plague that starts killing hundreds of people. This isn't the best film in the series but it's another good entry that gets its point across even though it's pretty heavily handled at times. As with most films in the series, I'm really not sure how much good they did as I'm sure people forgot the message as they walked out of the theater but perhaps these did leave their mark on a few. Lane, from Columbia's Boston Blackie series, turns in a good performance and you can also look for a young Hugh Beaumont from Leave It to Beaver fame.

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