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Soak the Poor (1937)

Approved | | Short, Crime, Drama | 21 August 1937 (USA)
Entry number 11 in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series deals with racketeers shaking down small grocers and horning in on the relief tickets, forcing prices up with the consumers paying the freight.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

Karl Kamb (original story and screenplay), Philip P. Noyer (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Fenton ... Nick Garvey
Leon Ames ... Special Investigator Stanton
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Storyline

The MGM crime reporter introduces Mr. Stanton, Special Investigator for the Crime Prevention Bureau. Stanton describes the problems that developed with the government sponsored Home Relief program, which was designed to get food to the hungry and needy during the Depression through distribution of Relief tickets accepted by food merchants. Racketeers, led by Nick Garvey, were forcing food merchants to sell them their Home Relief tickets collected for a fraction of their worth. Garvey would get his men, a handful of those merchants, to collect the face value of the tickets from the Home Relief Bureau. Problems arose for Garvey when many of the merchants refused to deal in Home Relief tickets anymore, since they were losing money in the process. Garvey, in turn, made the merchants continue to collect tickets, but raise their prices to make up the difference. This led to a public outcry. With a mole in the relief office, Garvey was seemingly one step ahead of Stanton. So Stanton had to ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 11: Soak the Poor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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11th of 48 films in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series released from 1935 to 1947. See more »

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

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Depression era relief
12 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the old days of the Great Depression welfare was then called relief and as another reviewer pointed out what we see here is a whole lot like food stamps today. Only a lot more people used them in the 30s.

And of course there were racketeers willing to take advantage. One such as in this film was Leslie Fenton who used strong arm tactics to take those relief tickets that people gave merchants for groceries and have only their few mobbed up grocery stores cash them with Uncle Sam. Leon Ames narrates the film and plays the investigator who smashes said racket.

This found a resonant audience in the Depression.


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