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It's a Crime

(C'est criminel)

Year: 1957
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min
Director: Wolf Koenig
Producer: Tom Daly
Writer: Roman Kroitor
Cinematographer: Douglas Poulter, James Wilson
Animation: Gerald Potterton
Sound: Joseph Champagne
Music: Eldon Rathburn, Ernst Maser
Narration: Guy Glover
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

This lavishly produced sponsored cartoon – told from the perspective of a thief and safecracker – was designed to alleviate the problems of seasonal unemployment by persuading industry to take advantage of the increased labour supply during winter lay-offs. Made in the recognizable NFB studio style of the period, it was widely shown theatrically and had some success at international festivals.

By: Peter Morris