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Money to Loan (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Short | 11 March 1939 (USA)
The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. ... See full summary »


Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)


John C. Higgins (original story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Alan Dinehart ... Stephen Hanley
Paul Guilfoyle ... Hanley's Assistant
John Butler ... Joe Mello
Addison Richards ... District Attorney Norman Kennedy
Tom Collins ... Reporter


The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. The loan sharking business has that want for money on both sides. He tells the story of one such loan shark, Stephen Hanley, who tried to pass his company off as a legitimate loan business, but who charged exorbitant rates, and used extortion and fraud to get out of his customers even more than what they may have owed on paper. McCormick, a news publisher, made it his aim to expose Hanley for the loan shark he really was. But getting Hanley's disgruntled clients to cooperate was more difficult than expected, as Haney's men not only used threats, but carried out those threats in scaring those who were going to talk and eventually sign affidavits against Hanley. Something unexpected and sad had to happen for the authorities to be able to haul in Hanley and his entire outfit. Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Short








Release Date:

11 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 21: Money to Loan See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crime Does Not Pay
29 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Money to Loan (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Another winning entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM. This, the 21st entry, talks about loan sharks and the evil they do. Many desperate people are needing money so they go to a new loan shark in town but soon he is beating them, stalking them and doing worse in order to get them to pay back their loans. Many people are hard on this series saying that they seem like moral plays with someone on a soap box preaching. I've never agreed with a statement like that because this is one of my favorite series but I must admit that this one here is way too preachy. The movie goes way too far out in order to show how mean loan sharks are and I think the message could have gotten across without so many "look how mean they are" sequences. Alan Dinehart is very good as the main shark and Paul Guilfoyle steals the film has his gun carrying sidekick. There's some nice drama in the film but I still wish they had cut back on some of the preaching. With that said, fans of the series should still find plenty of entertainment here.

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