Back in June of 2010, I started what I had hoped would be a continuing feature at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear by mentioning a pair of the MGM Crime Does Not Pay two-reelers that I had caught on TCM on Demand (this was when Rancho Yesteryear was still located in the Classic City—Athens, GA—and Los Parentes Yesteryear and I subscribed to Charter Cable…may it roast in a fiery pit of H-E-double hockey sticks), Give Till it Hurts (1937) and Dark Shadows (1944). I followed that initial post with one two weeks later with a more detailed write-up (screen captures and everything!) on Respect the Law (1941). The idea would be that I’d tackle these shorts on an irregular basis…but much would depend on whether The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ would schedule the showing of these shorts on that same basis (TCM seems to have more of an affinity for Pete Smith comedies…or those dull “TravelTalks” one-reelers that are most assuredly not my particular cup of Earl Grey).
For some unexplained reason—maybe due to classic movie forces beyond my and your comprehension—I was skating around the Amazon.com (another commercial!) site in September of last year…and saw that that CDNP set was on sale for $19.02. I simply wasn’t going to pass that up (and besides, I had a gift card) so viola! it was given a home in the House of Yesteryear. I then decided that once I had finished with all the VCI/Kit Parker “Forgotten Noir” flicks I’d reintroduce Crime Does Not Pay on a weekly basis. (The last one of these I did was in November of 2014, so its removal from hiatus is very much warranted.)
|The Public Pays (1936)|
|A Thrill for Thelma (1935)|