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Easy Life (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Short, Drama | 20 May 1944 (USA)
In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Hart

Writers:

Alan Friedman (original story), DeVallon Scott (original story) (as De Vallon Scott) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steven Geray ... Batt
Bernard Thomas Bernard Thomas ... Frank Davis
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Jesse (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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In this entry in the MGM "Crime Does Not Pay" series young Frank Davis, dropping out of school and joining a small-time hoodlum gang, finds out that leading a life of crime is not all he thought it would be. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Crime | Short | Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Life: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crime Does Not Pay
13 June 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Easy Life (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series has 17-year-old Frank Davis (Bernard Thomas) dropping out of school after learning that stealing can lead to quick cash. Soon he's picked up by a mob boss and they pull off a big heist but Frank soon learns that it's not an easy or fun life. This series is perhaps my favorite of any classic short series but this here might just be the weakest one I've seen. I really enjoyed the straight punch in regards to the ending but outside of this the short is pretty bland. It's certainly not a bad one but when it comes to this series I expect a lot more. I really wasn't impressed with Thomas because I found him to be a tad bit too simple in his role. I also wasn't impressed with any of the supporting players as they really didn't add anything to the film. The director and production crew handled the material very seriously as they clearly wanted to get a message across but the story itself just wasn't strong enough to make it entertaining.


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