Ex-racketeer slugs a cop and goes to prison to keep from being involved in crime again. On the day of his parole, his plans are dashed. It's up to a brash newspaper reporter to figure out what happened.

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Detective Captain Rourke
June Travis ...
Jane Rogers
Craig Reynolds ...
Dick Purcell ...
Ed Slayden (as Richard Purcell)
Joe King ...
Mike Eagan
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Joseph Crehan ...
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Addison Richards ...
Dan Varner
Eddie Acuff ...
Sig Patton
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Gladys Joy
Henry Hall ...
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Ex-racketeer slugs a cop and goes to prison to keep from being involved in crime again. On the day of his parole, his plans are dashed. It's up to a brash newspaper reporter to figure out what happened.

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5 August 1936 (USA)  »

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Murder in the Big House  »

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The $300,000 Mike Eagan has stashed away would be worth more than $5.1M in 2016. See more »

Connections

Remade as Smashing the Money Ring (1939) See more »

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Oh, Moon
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Bernice Petkere
Played at the beginning in the nightclub and Eagen's office
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Despite the unusual setting, a very standard 1930s B murder mystery.
21 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Mike Eagan (Joe King) is sent to prison for assaulting a cop. Despite this, the guy apparently has turned over a new leaf years ago and is a pretty good guy. The problem is that there are several prisoners there that don't like him (in particular a guy played by Dick Purcell) as well as a guard (Charles Middleton). Most of the guy's stay in prison goes by without incident...but on the day he's supposed to be released on parole, he's found dead in his cell...shot with a 45! Despite the pre-existing grudges, however, there is far more to the story than this...and it will take a nosy reporter to get to the bottom of it all.

Other than being set in prison, "Jailbreak" is pretty much a by-the- numbers 1930s B mystery movie...the type that always ends in a room full of suspects and the murderer inexplicably revealing themselves! It even has the smarter than the police reporter who solves the crimes...like 1001 other movies of the period. All the usual clichés are there! It's also very funny how many gunshots are fired before anyone gets hit...watch the film and see what I mean. Overall, watchable but poor due to the predictability and familiarity of the script.


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