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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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Additional Details

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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Just how true is all this? Probably not very., 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Up until WWII, the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM was exceptional and very realistic. However, with the advent of the war, the studio began using the shorts more and more for propaganda purposes and realism began to wane. In fact, when this film begins, you'll probably notice that the format has changed--there is no MGM crime reporter or introduction by some fake government official. In fact, there's no introduction at all--the first like this in the series.

The film begins just before the US enters WWII and an FCC agent is shown, briefly, visiting the home of a young HAM radio operator to ask him to stop broadcasting but begin monitoring for unusual activity. Then, the film jumps ahead to 1944 and the story is about a ring of spies who are broadcasting information to the German fleet about the movement of American cargo ships. Here's where it gets really crazy, as one of the broadcasting locations is in a cemetery--under the earth in a fake grave!!! But these evil scum have escaped--is there any chance they'll catch them and save democracy? While there were a few substantiated cases of Axis spies in the US during the war, they were very few and far between. However, if you watched a lot of Hollywood films at the time, you'd think they were just about everywhere! And, having them working inside a subterranean fake grave is just silly. Overall, a ridiculous but reasonably enjoyable propaganda film--and clearly not up to the standards of the usual Crime Does Not Pay short.

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