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Karl Kamb (original story and screenplay) and
Philip P. Noyer (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 1937 (USA) See more »
Entry number 11 in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with racketeers shaking down small grocers and horning in on the relief tickets, forcing prices up with the consumers paying the freight. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Leslie Fenton ... Nick Garvey

Leon Ames ... Special Investigator Stanton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Citizen (uncredited)
John Butler ... Schultz (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Briggs (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Grocer (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Squad Car Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Store Owner (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Citizen (uncredited)

Horace McMahon ... Hood (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Citizen (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Hood (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Writing credits
Karl Kamb (original story and screenplay) and
Philip P. Noyer (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 11: Soak the Poor" - USA (series title)
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16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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Sort of like Food Stamp fraud..., 13 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the 1930s, the Depression led to widespread poverty and hunger. To help relieve this, the government came up with the Home Relief program. This gave the poor tickets they could redeem for subsidized food. The problem is that a gang has begun muscling in on grocery stores--taking the tickets and buying them for only a fraction of what they were worth. Because stores were now losing money, they are forced to raise prices to compensate. Government investigators began noticing that something was amiss and a team led by Special Investigator Stanton (Leon Ames) investigate.

While this installment of "Crime Does Not Pay" was not among the most interesting since it's about such an unusual sort of crime, like its predecessors, it was very well made and exciting.

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