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Help Wanted (1939)

A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writer:

Karl Kamb (original screenplay)
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Cast

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Tom Neal ... Joe Daniels
Jo Ann Sayers ... Mary Daniels
Clem Bevans ... H.L. (Pop) Daniels
Edward Pawley ... Harry
Truman Bradley ... Labor Commissioner's Representative
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A racketeer sets up an employment agency, and then sends his henchmen to lineup foremen in companies that employ unskilled labor. The foreman is promised a cut on each new man he hires, and the agency gets a whooping percentage of the new employee's first month wages. The foremen then fire the last new-hires and then another batch of new-hires goes through the cycle. And another after a month. And this continues month-after-month. Complaints from the laborers reaches the ears of the District Attorney. He steps in, with the aid of a young unskilled-laborer (Tom Neal) who had been tricked, and finally runs the gangster out of the Employment Agency business, after a murder has been committed Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 23: Help Wanted See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows Desert Death (1935) See more »

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An odd topic but a well made film.
19 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tom Neal JT Evan--labor commissioner is Leon Ames! old man kills himself

I enjoy the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM so much that I recently purchased the DVD collection. The films are mostly exceptionally well made, enjoyable and often feature contract players who soon went on to stardom. In this case, Tom Neal is featured--long before he starred in such B-pictures as "Detour" and "First Yank in Tokyo".

Like so many of the films in the series, it begins with a government official introducing the picture. The trouble is, these folks were fakes! Here, Leon Ames pretends to be the Labor Commissioner, J.T. Evans! I am sure most folks never noticed these folks were actors--the directors did a good job of making them seem like the real thing. In this case, Joe Daniels (Neal) losing his job this way. And, a bit later, his elderly father Pop Daniels (familiar character actor Clem Bevans) loses his as well. After tragedy strikes, Joe contacts local authorities and a sting operation is attempted in order to catch these thieves.

Overall, this is a rather exciting short. It's not among the very best in the series but is well done and worth your time.


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