Purity Squad (1945)

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This entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to ensure that drugs are fully tested before they are sold to consumers. Two ... See full summary »


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20 August 2012 | bkoganbing
| A curious relevance for today
Purity Squad is one of the later and more importantly relevant short subjects from the Crime Does Not Pay series from MGM. This could be a plot easily for a feature length film today.

Byron Foulger is a doctor with a mysterious past that includes a felony warrant for malpractice and he's working for a pharmaceutical company trying to develop an alternative medicine to insulin for diabetics. When Foulger's experiment is released without his consent, his employers have him blackmailed to silence. Then the dead bodies start piling up.

Dick Elliott is the head of drug company and he's seeing lost profits and lawsuits in his future. Personally I would have just run with whatever you've made to some place without an extradition. But Elliott and associates are greedy men and the cover-up continues including a murder of an accomplice.

The Feds, the state attorney general and the Food and Drug Administration all get involved here, not to mention the local police. Given that the FDA has come into a lot of good and bad press with some of their policies, the film has a real relevance for today's audience.

I'd check this one out, it might prove interesting.

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