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Torture Money (1937)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 2 January 1937 (USA)
Police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

John C. Higgins (story), John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edwin Maxwell ... Milton Beacher
George Lynn ... Larry Martin
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Storyline

Dramatizes elaborate insurance scams, involving drivers, victims, and witnesses who stage accidents under the direction of an attorney who then files suit and settles out of court. The operation is easy to move from one city or state to another. The police and DA get wise and a cop goes undercover, first pretending to be in a coma in the hospital room of one of the "accident victim," then working as an orderly with a police record. The gang enlists him, he draws the short straw, and he's sent into a doctor's office to get his pre-accident injuries. Dangerous work. Will it succeed without serous injury? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: Torture Money See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

[Opening Card]This picture exposes a crime situation as unbelievable as it is grim. These crimes are more widespread than the public realizes, and I am happy to endorse this film with the hope that it will help destroy a vicious racket.

James E. Davis

Chief of Police,

Los Angeles, California See more »

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Followed by Dark Shadows (1944) See more »

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Sing, Sing, Sing
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by orchestra (aired on radio)
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Predictable film in the "Crime Does Not Pay" Series
23 February 2004 | by jimderrickSee all my reviews

This is a predictable film in the Crime Does Not Pay series produced by MGM during the gangster era. It deals with insurance scams, and the word "torture" in the title is not very descriptive. The movie won an Oscar for best 2-reel short, and it is one of the better shorts in the MGM series. Still, I only gave it a 7 because it doesn't really stand out in any way.


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