Thelma Black, a young inmate in a women's prison, tells the story of how she wound up in jail. Recently graduated from high school and then beauty college, Thelma, who dreamed of a life of wealth, got a job working as a beautician. She married Steve Black, whose high life she thought she wanted to emulate. She did not know however that Steve is a thief. In one of his escapades in which she was an unwitting accessory, the outcome goes horribly wrong. Despite the problems of that situation, Thelma enjoyed the thrill, but more importantly the easy wealth associated with holding up people. Steve and Thelma believe they are one step ahead of the law. The police, however, are able to piece together the evidence, which includes a distinguishing characteristic of Thelma herself. Beyond the prison sentence, Thelma's crimes have a more profound effect on her life than she could have imagined.
23 November 1935 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Crime Does Not Pay Series No. 4: 'A Thrill for Thelma'
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Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
Fourth of 48 MGM "Crimes Does Not Pay" shorts released from 1935 to 1947. See more
The story is supposed to take place in New York, but when the police are studying a wall map marked with the locations of the crimes it's clearly a map of Los Angeles. See more
Warden Hannah Graves
The state saved Thelma's child the stigma of being born in prison, but her greatest punishment will be throughout the years to come. Thelma will be denied seeing her child for twenty years. Her trail of thrills has ended in the knowledge that her baby must never know that his mother is a convict and that his father was a murderer slain by the law.
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