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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)
Cap Somers ... Worker (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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Watch Those Rats!, 17 April 2011
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Once again, MGM's crime reporter brings us a story in their "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Names, as you may recall, are purposely made fictitious... Forthwith, we receive an introduction from Moroni Olsen (as Dr. Walter Terriss), health commissioner of a large coastal city. Next, we meet businessman Richard Lane (as George Johnson), who balks at purchasing mandatory rodent control for $26.000. When told, "It's a city ordinance," Mr. Lane replies, "It's an outrage!"

Lane successfully bribes rodent inspector Frank Orth (as Peter Brennan) to falsely report his properties are rat free. Then, one of Lane's dockworkers collapses and dies from the bubonic plague! As the death toll rises, police lieutenant William Forrest (as Edward Macroy) and Dr. Olsen must solve the mystery, and track down the rats responsible. "Leave it to Beaver" father Hugh Beaumont plays a reporter. Please, viewers, "Respect the Law" and follow city ordinances!

**** Respect the Law (1/4/41) Joe Newman ~ Richard Lane, Moroni Olsen, Frank Orth, William Forrest

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