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Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 September 1936 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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(as Ben Stoloff)

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(suggested by story: "Homecoming") (as Tom Walsh) , (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Detective Daniels
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Robert Webster - Alias Bat Williams
Louise Latimer ...
Letty Graves
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Mildred Webster
Grace Bradley ...
Grace Forbes
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Helen Webster
Frank M. Thomas ...
Attorney Pierce
Harry Jans ...
Vic - Henchman
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Walter Clifford
Frank Jenks ...
Pete - Henchman
Maxine Jennings ...
Nellie - Phoney Mrs. Williams
Gordon Jones ...
Joe Graves
Addison Randall ...
Al - Henchman
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The sensational and brief romance of a coddled criminal. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

18 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geborene Verbrecher  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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Mostly good but spoiled by inconsistent writing towards the end.
31 August 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There is a lot to like in "Don't Turn 'em Loose" and that is why it was so frustrating when the film seemed to lose its way towards the end of the film. It's really a shame, as up until then it was awfully good.

When the film begins, a real scum-bag, Bat Williams (Bruce Cabot), manages to fool the stupid parole board into releasing him. Soon, he's on a crime spree--killing and stealing. Heck, he even kills his friends he's so mean. However, the creep hides a secret life--a nice family who thinks he's been out of the country working when he was instead in prison. They don't realize just how horrid he is. Eventually, Williams ends up in prison again and once again the board is more than willing to let him out again--but this time there is a twist--his father is on the board. While this is a neat twist, what follows really disappoints. It's a shame, as Cabot was wonderful as this sick creep but the ending just made me cringe it was so ridiculous and hard to fathom.


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