Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crime does not pay - film noir shorts from Warner Brothers Noir Box Set (1940-1947)

Here are the five Crime Doesn't Pay Series Shorts that were included with the new Warner Brothers Noir Box Set

Forbidden Passage


Addison Richards ... Frank J. Maxwell
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Otto Kestler
Hugh Beaumont ... Clements
George Lessey ... American Consul in Lisbon

This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Does Not Pay", features the U.S. Department of Immigration's efforts to halt the smuggling of illegal aliens into the country. Desperate immigrants, tired of waiting for legal entry, pay exorbitant fees and risk a grisly death to enter by illegal means.

A Gun in His Hand


Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana
Anthony Caruso ... Frankie

Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number of seemingly foolproof crimes, but is eventually trapped by an overlooked bit of evidence too small to be seen.

The Luckiest Guy in the World


Barry Nelson ... Charles Verne
Eloise Hardt ... Martha Verne
George Travell ... John, the hired driver
Milton Kibbee ... Mr. Ashland, Charles' Boss
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Mossley, Charles' Landlord

Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score'. He bets on the horses and owes his bookie. At work, he 'borrows' from his accounts. After a terrible accident, he comes into a large sum of money and thinks he has it made...or does he?

Women in Hiding


Marsha Hunt ... Jane Taylor
Jane Drummond ... Alice aka Bunny
Mary Bovard ... Mary Wilson
C. Henry Gordon ... Dr. Mansby, Clinic Administrator
Granville Bates ... Dr. Bates

It focuses on unwed mothers, specifically those who believe that they cannot confide in anyone and, therefore, go to clinics run by people more interested in profit than proper medical care. In this dramatization, women pay $500 to enter a clinic and must sign papers in which they agree to give up their babies for adoption. Childless couples then pay the clinic operators $500 to adopt the children.

You, the People


C. Henry Gordon ... John 'Boss' Bailey
Byron Shores ... Deputy William 'Bill' Wright
Paul Everton ... Mayor James W. 'Jim' Wheelock
Matt McHugh ... Albert 'Bert' / 'Perky' Perkins

This entry in MGM's series of shorts, "Crime Doesn't Pay", features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime "machine" to fraudently win re-election for the current corrupt mayor. By using several illegal tactics, and aided by voter apathy, the crime boss nearly continues his control of the city.







Audio and video information (same for each episode, running 19-22 minutes):

Video : 166-191 MB, 1226 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 576*416 (1.37:1), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 26-29 MB, 192 Kbps, 44100 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR

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