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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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Routine short with early references to television 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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Routine short with early references to television, 18 September 2012
Author: zvg5273 from United States

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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