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It May Happen to You (1937)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 5 June 1937 (USA)
From MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" Series. Mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.


Harold S. Bucquet


John C. Higgins (story and screenplay)


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Cast overview:
J. Carrol Naish ... Moxie


Moxie and Sheafor are the ringleaders in a truck hijacking spree, Moxie and his gang who hijack the trucks along the state highways, and Sheafor who fences the stolen foods from the trucks. When the highway patrol ramp up their efforts to catch the hijackers, Moxie figures they have to come up with a different procedure to achieve their same goal. When Moxie learns that a naive young man named Eddie works for the Cassidy meat packing plant in their truck loading area, Moxie believes they can use Eddie to hijack Cassidy trucks in a clandestine manner, and ultimately sell the meat. The scheme works, but the police are sure that the truckload of meat that disappeared was an inside job. The case takes a turn when the meat, which was not stored properly after Moxie hijacked it, starts to make its way to consumers, which results in mass illness and a few deaths. As the hijackers feel the police may get to Eddie, Moxie has to figure out a way to keep Eddie quiet. Meanwhile, the police ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama








Release Date:

5 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 10: It May Happen to You See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by Keep 'Em Sailing (1942) See more »

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Crime Does Not Pay
3 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

It May Happen to You (1937)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

J. Carrol Naish gets top billing in this exciting entry in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Naish plays the leader of a gang who are stealing trucks of meat so that they can resell them and make some quick cash. A poor boy at the meat plant joins the gang thinking he can make some good cash but soon people are dying because the meat is spoiled. Fans of the series will certainly get a kick out this entry as it contains your typical good story, darker action and some fine performances with Naish clearly stealing the film. It's rather amazing to watch his films because he never gets enough attention or respect for his acting skills. He works so well in the gangster role that it's a shame he didn't get to play it again some of the Warner big guys like Cagney and Bogart. The story here is certainly meant to make people think twice about the life of crime and it gets the message across just fine. The cinematography is also worth mentioning here and I really enjoyed the dark style brought by director Bucquet.

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