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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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Exceptional and very, very unusual. See more (4 total) »


  (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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Exceptional and very, very unusual., 4 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is one of the most unusual shorts from the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Alan Saunders just graduated at the top of his class in college, but despite being brilliant and talented, he has trouble finding work and takes a job with an electronics company that is beneath his talents. Instead of accepting this and assuming he'll eventually be promoted, Alan is resentful. So, when he has a chance to use his engineering skills for evil, he joins a local crime gang--which is ironic, as his boss DOES recognize his skills and is about to give him a big promotion. The promotion comes too late--and Alan embarks on a very successful career committing robberies and even a murder! Eventually, it all catches up to him.

In addition to being well written, the film was also interesting because it's one of the earlier movies to talk about television, as Alan has invented something to revolutionize TV screen resolutions. And, you see a simulated demonstration of television near the end of the show. All in all, a fascinating and well made short from start to finish.

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