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Soak the Old (1940)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 24 August 1940 (USA)


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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Morgan ... Peterson
George Cleveland ... John Arnold
Cathy Lewis ... Ruthie (as Catherine Lewis)
George Lessey ... William Bowen, Narrator


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Short | Crime | Drama








Release Date:

24 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 31: Soak the Old See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows Miracle Money (1938) See more »

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You wonder if there was more behind this one than you'd first think....
20 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like the other shorts from the Crime Does Not Pay series, this one begins with a convincing introduction by a US government official. The problem is, like these other films, the official is a fake--just an actor posing as one!

"Soak the Old" begins with a well-meaning man (Ralph Morgan) campaigning for pension funds for workers. His appeal is quite convincing and tons of workers sign up for this plan. However, he and the workers don't realize that the pension fund is run by mobsters who have no intention of paying off on claims. In one particular case, an old man puts his money in and just a day later, they claim that he NEVER put his money into the plan--in effect, stealing it. Can these creeps be stopped? Although I am not sure of it, I wonder if this film actually was a poke at unions and their pension funds. While the word 'union' is never used, Louis B. Mayer's hatred of unions and labor organization would seem to lend some credence to this. Again, I am not sure--but it sure looks like it.

Overall, reasonably well made and enjoyable but a step or so below average for the series.

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