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What Price Safety! (1938)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 5 February 1938 (USA)
Racketeers muscle in on construction business, use inferior materials, make big profits and endanger the public safety.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Mr. Morris Zuto
George Houston ... Foreman Cooper
John Wray ... J. Z. Wray
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Storyline

A construction site is vandalized, the result of which is the building has collapsed and a nearby tunnel flooded. The contractor, the J.Z. Wray Construction Company which is the largest construction company in the city, is potentially ruined by this mishap as it's not the first time one of Wray's buildings under construction has collapsed. The chief building inspector, telling Wray he believes it just shoddy work on Wray's part, tells Wray he's going to investigate regardless. However, the building inspector is in cahoots with the vandals' leader, the notorious racketeer Zuto, who is out to take over Wray's business first by becoming his unknown silent partner. Zuto plans on using second rate materials and get city business through the connections with the building inspector. When some of Wray's now fired men, including his former chief foreman named Cooper, and some legitimate building inspectors learn of the shoddy work now at Wray construction sites - the shoddy work secretly ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 14: What Price Safety! See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
MGM Crime Reporter: Once again as the MGM Crime Reporter, it is my privilege to bring to you another episode in our 'Crime Does Not Pay' series. May I present Mr. Wallace Doherty, District Attorney of a metropolitan county.
Wallace Doherty - District Attorney: I'm going to show you the inner workings of a very dangerous racket, one that might destroy the life of anyone in this audience. For obvious reasons, I will have to use fictitious names for persons, buildings, and companies. Let me show you what happened in our city.
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A Good One In The "Crime Does Not Pay" Series
9 November 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Many of the shorts in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series seem slapdash and old-fashioned, even taking into consideration their age. This one, however, plays well and has a good plot. It's believable and well acted and includes several familiar faces, which is part of the fun of watching the series.

Truth be told, though, you have to be an ardent movie fan to remember the likes of Addison Richards or Ben Welden. It also helps if you can remember a time when everyone wore suits and ties and fedoras, and telephones with the receiver in two pieces. Having said that, this short has a good story and with an element of tension to go with the acting jobs, which are above the norm.

The story has to do with mob figures moving in on the construction trade, resulting in shoddy workmanship and defective material so as to make a profit - hence the title. As stated, it's better than average and so is the entertainment value.


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