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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
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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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