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Crime Does Not Pay Old Time Radio Program

Crime Does Not Pay
½ hour detective episodes


Crime Does Not Pay was an anthology crime drama produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It was based on a short film series of the same name, begun in 1935 by MGM,
and related tales of perpetrators of crime and the purported inevitable penalties for their ill-advised actions. Each show was introduced by a narrator, with the following:

“In the interests of good citizenship and law enforcement we present Crime Does Not Pay, based on the famous Metro Goldwyn Mayer series of short subjects.“

Because the focus was frequently on crimes prompted by social ills, it is probable that the impetus for the original MGM film series was the great depression.

The radio series was written by Ira Marion, and directed by Marx B. Loeb, and included an occasional appearance by a major MGM star, including Bela Lugosi, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, John Loder and Lionel Stander. The first show was broadcast from WMGM in New York in October of 1949; the final broadcast was aired in December of 1952. The 68 shows in this collection include the first broadcast “Kid with a Gun” starring Donald Buka, as well as broadcasts through April 1951.


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Crime Does Not Pay episode list
68 episodes

491010 Kid With A Gun.mp3
491010 The Kid With a Gun.mp3
491017 The All-American Fak.mp3
491107 Trigger Man's Moll.mp3
491108 Triggerman's Moll.mp3
491114 Body Of The Crime.mp3
491121 Summertime Take.mp3
491122 Summertime Take.mp3
491128 Female of the Specie.mp3
491129 Female Of The Specie.mp3
491205 A Piece Of Rope.mp3
491212 Gasoline Cocktail.mp3
491219 Dead Pidgeon.mp3
491219 Dead Pigeon.mp3
491226 Glossy Finish.mp3
500102 Clothes Make The Wom.mp3
500109 Law Of The Jungle.mp3
500213 For He's A Jolly Goo.mp3
500220 Death On The Doorste.mp3
500227 Kangaroo Court.mp3
500227 The Kangaroo Court.mp3
500306 What's in a Name.mp3
500327 Thick as Thieves.mp3
500403 Ingenious Woman.mp3
500508 Don't Write[1]...Tel.mp3
500515 Between the Dark and.mp3
500522 The Second Hand Pist.mp3
500529 The Imported Headach.mp3
500619 Clip Joint.mp3
500626 Professor Pulls The .mp3
500703 Lady Loves Kittens.mp3
500710 Once Too Often.mp3
500717 Burglar Alarm.mp3
500724 Horseshoes Are For L.mp3
500731 Beauty And The Beast.mp3
500807 Giddyup Horsey.mp3
500814 Gangster Was A Lady.mp3
500821 Murder Makes Book.mp3
500828 Father's Day.mp3
500904 The Weak Spot.mp3
500911 Horse Face.mp3
500918 They Gotta Have What.mp3
501016 The Voice Of Death.mp3
501023 The Recruit.mp3
501030 Escort For Hire.mp3
501030 The Big Book.mp3
501108 Mow the Man Down.mp3
501115 The Celluloid Candle.mp3
501122 The Doll.mp3
501129 Kid Shive.mp3
501206 Two Gun Annie.mp3
501213 Strange Token.mp3
501220 Building Blocks.mp3
501227 Death on the Upgrade.mp3
510103 Edge of the Desert.mp3
510110 Cards And Spades.mp3
510117 The Old Mob Goes.mp3
510124 Love is Not All.mp3
510131 Heir Apparant.mp3
510207 Carnaval Frail.mp3
510214 Rough Customer.mp3
510221 For Sweet Charity.mp3
510228 Operation Payroll.mp3
510307 Diamonds Trumped.mp3
510314 Through the Hoop.mp3
510321 Plug Ugly.mp3
510328 Front Boy.mp3
510404 Violets, Sweet Viole.mp3

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