6.2/10
83
4 user 1 critic

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)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drunk Driving (1939)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller
Stars: Dick Purcell, Jo Ann Sayers, Richard Lane
Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American patriot and financier of the American Revolution.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard, Donald Crisp
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

It's the mid-nineteenth century. As long as there have been hospitals, the joy that women have felt having just given birth in a hospital may be quickly marred by their sudden death due to ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Shepperd Strudwick, John Nesbitt, Rudolph Anders
Crime | Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.

Director: Errol Taggart
Stars: Richard Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Harry C. Bradley
Short | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware, who cast the deciding vote so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776.

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: John Litel, Ted Osborne, Rosella Towne
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This Oscar-nominated short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, André Cheron
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A 1934 GB production that was picked up in 1937 by Educational for 20th Century Fox distribution about the gannet, (a beautiful white and exceedingly graceful bird deemed the best fisherman... See full summary »

Director: Julian Huxley
Stars: A.L. Alexander
Certificate: Passed Crime | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, young Ann Stevens and "Windy" Brown, against the advice of both sets of parents, run away and get married as they yearn for'independence.' ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Machatý
Stars: Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry, William Bailey
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Stars: Clifton Fadiman, Rex Stout, John Kieran
Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Carey Wilson tells the true story of the heroic sacrifice of Father Damien who suffered a living death in order to bring hope and God's comfort to the lepers confined on Molokai Island.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Carey Wilson, Tom Neal
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new ... See full summary »

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: John Litel, Gloria Holden, Ted Osborne
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows The Perfect Set-Up (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing, Sing, Sing
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by orchestra (aired on radio)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed