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The Last Installment (1945)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 5 May 1945 (USA)
A young, soon-to-be-released convict idolizes the exciting life of a famous Roaring Twenties gangster he reads about in a magazine serial, but the warden tells him how the story ends before he can read the last installment.


Walter Hart


DeVallon Scott (story), Alan Friedman (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Walter Sande ... Bull Moose Brannigan
Cameron Mitchell ... Clyde Peeler
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Louie (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Lewis ... Kovak (as Bob Lewis)
Addison Richards ... Warden


Cell mates Clyde and Griff are both soon being released from jail. Griff offers Clyde an opportunity to continue a life of crime on the outside, implying that his criminal connections would lead to as glamorous a criminal life as there ever was, comparing this situation to the glory days of the 1920s. Clyde is reading a story in a magazine about 1920s underworld czar, Bull Moose Brannigan. In the story, Brannigan is able to take control of the criminal world, stamping out anyone who tried to muscle in on his territory. Because of Brannigan's life, he who could buy anything he wanted, Clyde is thinking about taking Griff up on his offer, believing he may have the opportunity to become the next Bull Moose Brannigan in doing so. The warden, upon Clyde's release, hopes he has a way to keep Clyde on the straight and narrow on the outside. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

5 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Installment: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trite entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series...
29 June 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The only reason I watched this episode of the series was to see CAMERON MITCHELL in his first screen role. He's hardly in it--only at the start and finish--but narrates most of it.

He's in jail about to be released and still thinks the life of a gangster can be a glamorous one. He reads all about the exploits of one of his favorite criminals--and in the end, is shown what has happened to that "glamorous" creature who is now a sad relic of the man he used to be. This, supposedly, convinces Mitchell to go straight once he's released.

It's totally unconvincing and fails to make its point with any distinction. Definitely one of the weakest entries I've ever seen in this so-so documentary series, never subtle in its approach.

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