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The Perfect Set-Up (1936)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  1 February 1936 (USA)
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The City of New York Police Captain Detectives Hewitt tells the story of Alan Saunders, one of the most unusual criminals of our time, in "A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" short.



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Uncredited cast:
Helene Chadwick ...
Saleslady (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ...
Theatre Employee Shooting Victim (uncredited)
William Gould ...
San Francisco Police Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ...
Police Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Henry ...
Alan E. Saunders (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ...
Chet (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ...
Detective Hewitt (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ...
Police Detective (uncredited)
William Tannen ...
Jim, MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ...
Dave Mayne (uncredited)


After graduating with top honors from a technical school, Alan Saunders, a radio and television engineer, seemed to have a bright future. But as times were tough, he could only get work testing parts in a radio factory. His friend Chet convinced Alan that the company was only giving him lip service in terms of his possible advancement in the company. Feeling like life was short changing him, Alan decided to help Chet with his request on how to dismantle alarms. As such, Alan became an accomplice in Chet's robberies. Alan, now knowing what was going on with his provided information, decided to go knowingly into Chet's robbery schemes along with Chet's partner, Dave Mayne, they opening a radio store as a front. But greed got the better of Alan, who aimed for more lucrative targets. Alan became all consumed by their crimes, even at the possible expense of his marriage to the unknowing Mary and her life, despite he professing to love her truly. Using Mr. Nelson, Alan's old employer at the... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay #6: The Perfect Set-up  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Routine short with early references to television
18 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a routine member of the series "Crime Does Not Pay", and is of interest for only two reasons. The first is the glimpses of daily life in 1936 that are seen throughout the film. This particular short has many more of them than most members of the series. The second is the frequent references to television throughout the film, including an early model of a TV screen. To the best of my knowledge, the first TV broadcasts in the U.S. were in 1941 in New York City. However, the references in this movie make it clear that TV was a much discussed, and anticipated, invention as early as 1936. I would have rated the movie a six except for the historical interest of the film. In it's day, it was nothing special.

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