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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)

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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

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Sing, Sing, Sing
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Crime Does Not Pay
3 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Torture Money (1937)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar-winning MGM short from their Crime Does Not Pay series. This episode takes a look at a group who are staging car wrecks so that they can sue the insurance company as well as the city. An undercover cop eventually breaks into the gang to determine how they're pulling the scam. This series is among my favorite and this here is one of the better episodes out there. There's isn't too much drama this time around but what we do get is a very entertaining story and I must admit I was captivated by the story. The way the scam is carried out was rather interesting and the direction really pulls everything together. The cast is pretty amazing as well as we get character actors Edwin Maxwell, George Lynn, Raymond Hutton and Roger Moore (no, not that one). Most of these actors are now forgotten but if you look up there credits you'll notice that they've appeared in several memorable movies. King Baggott, who played Jekyll and Hyde in the 1913 version, also appears as one of the witnesses.


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