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DeVallon Scott (original story) and
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Release Date:
10 April 1944 (USA) See more »
1940. Sixteen year old Phillip is one of a number of amateur radio operators across the US, doing it purely as a fun hobby... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Hazel Brooks ... Taxi Driver / German Spy (uncredited)

Marc Cramer ... German Spy in Taxi (uncredited)

Richard Crane ... Phillip (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Bill Beck (uncredited)
Connie Gilchrist ... Phillip's Mother (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Chief of Radio Intelligence Division (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Aide to Chief of Radio Intelligence Division (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Burnford 
Writing credits
DeVallon Scott (original story) (as De Vallon Scott) and
Alan Friedman (original story)

DeVallon Scott (screenplay) (as De Vallon Scott) and
Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Original Music by
Nathaniel Shilkret 
Cinematography by
Walter Strenge 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Paul Youngblood 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Patrolling the Ether: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #9592)

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This was the first movie in the USA to premiere on television.See more »


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Crime Does Not Pay, 2 June 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Patrolling the Ether (1944)

** (out of 4)

Pretty weak entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series takes a look at how foreign agents are using radio broadcasts to stay in touch and how the U.S. government came up with the RID (Radio Intelligence Division) to try and locate them. That's pretty much all the "story" you get here and while the Crime Does Not Pay series is my favorite of all the MGM dramas this one here is without question the worst I've seen. This isn't a really awful movie but at the same time it comes across rather boring without an inch of energy to be found. One of the biggest problems is that there's just not too much that happens because there are so many drawn out sequences where we see the agents just driving around hoping to pick up on one of the signals. This constant driving around and not accomplishing anything might have been a reality but it doesn't translate to the screen very well. There are two long sequences where nothing much happens and one can't help but grow tired of the lack of action going on. The director doesn't manage to build up any suspense and there's never a drop of drama. There's no question that when the war started every studio transformed their shorts to fit war subjects but this thing here certainly doesn't belong in the series. We don't get the narration that normally opens these shorts and in the end the entire thing is worth skipping.

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