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Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 September 1936 (USA)
A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote. This turns out to ... See full summary »


(as Ben Stoloff)


(screen play), (suggested by story: "Homecoming") (as Tom Walsh) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John Webster
Detective Daniels
Robert Webster - Alias Bat Williams
Letty Graves
Mildred Webster
Grace Forbes
Helen Webster
Attorney Pierce
Harry Jans ...
Vic - Henchman
Walter Clifford
Pete - Henchman
Maxine Jennings ...
Nellie - Phoney Mrs. Williams
Joe Graves
Al - Henchman (as Addison Randall)


A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote. This turns out to cause many problems for the family while on vacation, and the father has to make another hard decision. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Free as the birds and smooth as a snake, Bat Roberts is on parole. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geborene Verbrecher  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Detective Daniels: You're better than Houdini ever was.
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Referenced in The Public Eye (1992) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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"It's tears, not curves, that moves them mugs."
2 September 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Violent criminal Bat Williams (Bruce Cabot) is released from prison on parole. He wastes no time getting back to robbing and killing. We discover Bat is really Robert Webster and he comes from a nice family. They believe he's an engineer working in South America. He left them years before and turned to a life of crime, dropping in every once in awhile to let them know he's still alive. Soon enough, Bat's back in prison. When he comes up for parole again, he's surprised to see his father (Lewis Stone) on the parole board.

Interesting crime drama from RKO. Cabot is great as the cold-blooded desperado. Stone's character reminds you a lot of Judge Hardy until the ending. No heartwarming father & son talks here! James Gleason nails it as the tough police detective determined to put Cabot away. Grace Bradley, future Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy, is Cabot's sexy moll. Betty Grable plays his sister and she's full of pep. The movie takes a cynical view of the prison parole system. They didn't choose that title for nothing. Can't say that I blame them much.

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