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Sucker List (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Short, Drama | 26 July 1941 (USA)
Mr. Brown and his racketeer buddies, calling their company "Best Selections", come up with a scheme to bilk those already seemingly desperate for money of what little they have. The scheme ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Samuel H. Chain (story), Alan Friedman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lynne Carver ... Mary Allen
Noel Madison ... Mr. Brown
John Archer ... William Allen
George Cleveland ... Old Man
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Storyline

Mr. Brown and his racketeer buddies, calling their company "Best Selections", come up with a scheme to bilk those already seemingly desperate for money of what little they have. The scheme has two main components: they print and circulate a list of horse racing winners making it look like they've predicted the winners, and they, with a list of bank loan applicants in hand, telephone these people telling them of a sure bet. Seeing after the fact in the racing forms that the sure bet did in fact win the races, these loan applicants, desperate for money, will then go to the Best Selections office to make a subsequent bet through their bookies, who in reality are fakes. Mr. Brown's associates give them a name of a horse certain to lose, and the bet is made with the fake bookie. One of those targeted is Bill Allen, who can't afford the medical bills racking up for his pregnant wife, Mary Allen. Another victim is Charles Adams, a mechanic who just wants to make a little money. Charles' ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Short | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 36: Sucker List See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ward Gets the Business From the Fellas
9 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Crime Does Not Pay short centering on con men who rip-off people with bets on "sure things." It's not easy to feel sorry for these people who put themselves in this spot by gambling in the first place. But the short does a good enough job selling the hard luck stories of one or two so you don't root for the bad guys. Hugh Beaumont, who would go on to play Ward Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, is one of the people ripped off. So Hugh goes to get his money back and winds up getting the snot beat out of him. What happens to him from there I won't spoil. Let's just say this is one story Ward didn't share with the Beaver. The Crime Does Not Pay series was usually entertaining and this is no exception. Good cast includes George Cleveland, John Archer, Noel Madison, and the aforementioned Hugh Beaumont.


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