“Buried Loot,” 1934, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Monday November 27 (actually November 28) at 5:30 a.m. est. Not closed captioned.
“Buried Loot” was the first in a series of quarterly MGM short subjects called Crime Does Not Pay. The series ran until 1947. None of the actors were credited. After “Buried Loot” the movie-going public began to ask who the handsome young leading actor was. The studio noticed the volume of letters and realized that they had a hot property on their hands. Robert Taylor’s career took off from there with such films as Magnificent Obsession (1935) and Camille (1936).
In “Buried Loot,” a young bank clerk embezzles $200,000 then confesses to his boss. He is sent to prison but not before burying the money to enjoy after his release. A cellmate talks the clerk into escaping. I won’t spoil it by telling the rest.
A DVD set of the whole Crime Does Not Pay series is available from Warner Archive and other online retailers.
Here are a few screen shots from “Buried Loot.”