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
Fun "Crime Does Not Pay" short from MGM. This one stars the great character actor J. Carrol Naish. He plays Moxie, the leader of a gang that hijacks trucks and steals their cargo. Moxie gets the idea to start robbing meat trucks and finds an inside man who works at a meat company to tip them off. The problem is the crooks don't know how to properly store meat and so the stuff they sell is spoiled. People start getting sick and some even die. The police investigation leads them to Moxie's inside man. Will the cops catch the bad guys? Well they don't call it "Crime Does Not Pay" for nothing.
This is one of the better series of short films made back in the day because they had good casts, scripts, and production values. I have yet to see one that I didn't like. The characters in this particular short are well-written. The police are portrayed as competent, which is something you didn't see a lot back then. It also serves a valuable public service. This short no doubt made many criminals think twice about stealing meat.
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