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Mary Dane and falsely imprisoned Bud Leonard love each other, but Lou Rinaldo, who framed Bud to get Mary, and escape-minded King Callahan, set events in motion to prove that love and justice will prevail. Written by
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Flat prison drama about an ex-counterfeiter (Conrad Nagel) who takes a newbie (Raymond Hackett) under his wing. The two eventually get on the road crew, which allows them to work outside the prison and the newbies girlfriend (Bernice Claire) just happens to be working at a local diner. While those two love birds talk about their future there's a prison riot, which might cost them everything. NUMBERED MEN is a pretty bland and rather forgettable picture that just grows more and more confusing as it moves along. Even though it clocks in at just 65-minutes, the movie is so poorly paced that you can't help but grow tired within the first twenty-minutes and it never picks up any speed. I think the biggest problem is the actual story, which is all over the place and it really never comes together. We learn that the newbie is of course innocent but he's going to need someone to come forward to prove it. We learn that the newbie is terrified that his girl won't wait for him. Then, of course, a big break will eventually come. I'm not exactly sure why various subplots enter the picture as many of them go unanswered or at least none of them really add up to anything. Bagel is pretty good in his role but the screenplay really doesn't give him much to do other than stand around and give out advice. Hackett is pretty forgettable in his part as his acting really doesn't do anything to help the character. Claire, who was mainly in musicals, comes off pretty poorly as her vocal tone is always out of place and she just doesn't give a very good performance. The surprising thing is that this was directed by Mervyn LeRoy who would go onto direct the classic I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG.
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