From MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" Series. Mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.

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Moxie and Sheafor are the ringleaders in a truck hijacking spree, Moxie and his gang who hijack the trucks along the state highways, and Sheafor who fences the stolen foods from the trucks. When the highway patrol ramp up their efforts to catch the hijackers, Moxie figures they have to come up with a different procedure to achieve their same goal. When Moxie learns that a naive young man named Eddie works for the Cassidy meat packing plant in their truck loading area, Moxie believes they can use Eddie to hijack Cassidy trucks in a clandestine manner, and ultimately sell the meat. The scheme works, but the police are sure that the truckload of meat that disappeared was an inside job. The case takes a turn when the meat, which was not stored properly after Moxie hijacked it, starts to make its way to consumers, which results in mass illness and a few deaths. As the hijackers feel the police may get to Eddie, Moxie has to figure out a way to keep Eddie quiet. Meanwhile, the police ... Written by Huggo

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5 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 10: It May Happen to You  »

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Amazingly tough and well made.
13 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The "Crime Does Not Pay" series from MGM was a well-made and interesting series of short films illustrating real life crimes. And, as the title says, the criminals ultimately get theirs. Here in "It May Happen to You", once again the production is top-notch. The film is about truck hijackings. At first, the crimes are not that serious but later the crimes involve murder and manslaughter. This is because this time they steal a truckload of meat. Being criminals, they don't exactly care how they handle the meat and it soon spoils. To handle the stink, they soak the meat in chemicals. But these chemicals do nothing to eliminate spoilage and soon people get very sick and even die due to this contaminated meat.

J. Carrol Naish stars in this one as the boss of the baddies. As usual, he's excellent. But what I really liked were how realistic and non-glamorous the police work was as well as how gritty the dialog was late in the film. A few examples would include: a cop exclaiming 'he asked for it' after blasting one of the gang as well as another cop saying 'go on--make a break--save the state a lot of money on a trial' as he takes aim at Naish's head! The only negative, and it's a tiny one, is the number of bullets fired at very close range in an early scene--yet no one is even hurt! Still, a tough and well made short.


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