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Gunther von Fritsch
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Charles 'Chic' Sale,
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
[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.
Predictable film in the "Crime Does Not Pay" Series
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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