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Robert Lees (story) &
Frederic I. Rinaldo (story)
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Release Date:
1 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Helene Chadwick ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Theatre Employee Shooting Victim (uncredited)
William Gould ... San Francisco Police Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Car Driver (uncredited) (archive footage)
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)

Directed by
Edward L. Cahn 
Writing credits
Robert Lees (story and screenplay) &
Frederic I. Rinaldo (story and screenplay) (as Fred Rinaldo)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Original Music by
Edward Ward (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay #6: The Perfect Set-up" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Movie Connections:
Remake of The Murder Man (1935)See more »


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Crime Does Not Pay, 19 September 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Perfect Set-Up, The (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series takes a look at Alan Saunders (William Henry), a man who goes through school at the top of his class but when he gets out in the real world he has trouble finding a good job. After a lesser student in his class becomes his boss Alan decides to turn to a life of crime and before long things are spinning out of control. This series is without question my favorite of everyone MGM did and this entry here is certainly far from the best but fans such as myself will still want to check it out. I think the biggest problem with the film is its screenplay because the story itself really doesn't stand out in terms of drama from the studio. There were countless morality tales from all studios but usually these "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts took something different or something that really needed to be told. I'm really not sure what part of this story is different with the exception of an early model of television being used. The story is pretty predictable from start to finish and it's really no shock in how it ends. With that said, Henry is pretty good in the lead role as you believe him as the overlooked and mistreated kid but then too as the criminal who finds himself getting into more and more trouble. Another good touch is the funny, somewhat campy way that MGM promotes itself. During the big murder sequence the victim is standing in front of a movie poster, which just happens to be MGM's THE MURDER MAN with Spencer Tracy. Not only do we see the poster but the director gives us a zoom into the title to make sure we see the title.

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