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Crime Does Not Pay: The Complete Shorts Collection (1935)

Various , Zion Myers , Jules White  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Zion Myers, Jules White
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 1010 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSNB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here it is – the original. MGM's Crime Does Not Pay, oft imitated, never matched, an intimate look at mankind's most seductive and destructive past time – CRIME. Crafted as only MGM can.


Buried Loot Alibi Racket Desert Death Thrill for Thelma, A Hit and Run Driver Perfect Setup, The Fool Proof Public Pays Torture Money It May Happen to You Soak the Poor Give Till It Hurts Behind the Criminal What Price Safety Miracle Money Come Across Criminal is Born, A They're Always Caught Think It Over Wrong Way Out, The Money to Loan While America Sleeps Help Wanted Think First Drunk Driving Pound Foolish Know Your Money Jackpot Women in Hiding Buyer Beware Soak the Old You, the People Respect the Law Forbidden Passage Coffins on Wheels Sucker List Don't Talk For the Common Defense Keep 'Em Sailing Plan for Destruction Patrolling the Ether Easy Life Dark Shadows Fall Guy, The Last Installment, The Phantoms, Inc. Gun in His Hand, A Purity Squad Luckiest Guy in the World, The EC: Eyes of the Navy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Series for any Fan of Classic American Crime November 17, 2012
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Unlike the other review, all six of these discs played fine for me. I really enjoyed these shorts from both an historical perspective and for entertainment value. After watching them for a while, they become quite formulaic, but this in itself is quite entertaining to see as the absurdly greedy criminals go to no lengths to make a quick buck. For example, in one of the shorts involving a racketing scheme on a children's charity hospital, the thugs that set up the fake charity come to an impasse when they refuse back payment on an iron lung keeping a little girl alive; if the girl just happens to die, they can return the machine to keep their cash flow in; as one of them remarks to his boss, "It's that little kid that's gummin' up the works. I got an idea..." The boss replies, "I don't want to hear it...But if you have a plan, be careful." We then see the thug in a dark alley smashing up the fuse box to cut the power to the iron lung. Inevitably, in each episode, the police outsmart the criminals with their crime labs, undercover work and detective skills. Later in the series, the design of each story becomes a bit more sophisticated, while the subjects become more obscure and unlikely to affect the lives of your average viewer, shifting the tone of the series from informative/newsreel style to the fatalistic nature of the film noir of the era. The last of the series, "The Luckiest Man Alive" is especially entertaining in this respect. I would recommend this to any fan of classic American crime. As the back of the case describes, this series is a study of mankind's most seductive and destructive pastime -- crime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good history November 11, 2013
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Good product at a good price. Performances of obviously date material are very good. I bought this for a friend, who shares my evaluation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Content, Unfortunately Defectively Recorded September 15, 2012
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The contents of this set are quite an eye opener, that is those disks which will even play instead of reading disk error.
I intend to exchange my copy for a replacement. Every other made to order Warner Archives DVD has been able to play in my
DVD player. Of the six disks included in this set I have only been able to play 2. The product is essentially trash and I
could not recommend it to anyone until Warners gets it's copying problems resolved. The difficulties with attempting to play
this set has essentially ruined the show for me.
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