Once Too Often (Aired July 10, 1950)
Crime Does Not Pay was an anthology radio crime drama series based on MGM's short film series which began in 1935 with Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot. The shows were transcribed at MGM's New York station, WMGM. Written by Ira Marion and directed by Marx B. Loeb, the radio program aired in New York on WMGM for two years (October 10, 1949-October 10, 1951), including repeats. It moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System for its final run (January 7-December 22, 1952). For the most part, actors who appeared in B-films were featured, but occasionally one of MGM's major stars would make an appearance. Actors in the series included Bela Lugosi, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, John Loder and Lionel Stander. After the play, the actors usually returned to speak with the audience. Composer-conductor John Gart furnished the music.
July 10, 1950. Program #40. MGM syndication. "Once Too Often"
. Commercials added locally. A gangster's trigger man takes the rap for murder and expects to be rewarded when he gets out of jail on parole. However, his boss wants him to go straight. The program features an unusually sincere performance by Herbert Rudley as, "Ollie The Lug." The date above is the date of the first broadcast on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Herbert Rudley, Ira Marion (writer), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Marx B. Loeb (producer, director), Bob Williams (announcer). 25:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.