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It May Happen to You (1937)

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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Short | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

5 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An MGM short in their "Crime Does Not Pay" series...
13 July 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

J. CARROLL NAISH stars as the boss of a larceny gang among the meat packers who sell stolen goods for quick money. But things turn seriously bad when the meat causes Tomaine poisoning and results in several deaths.

This one packs more of the flavor of a Warner crime melodrama than an MGM product with its quick moving story about the racketeers encouraging a young man to join their crime spree. When the cops begin their investigation, the man becomes their prime suspect after a sudden ability to afford a new roadster. He gets his comeuppance from the gang when they discover that he's being tailed.

Fast little entry in this series, it's pretty easy to watch with good performances from the cast.

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