Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death --- a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, ... See full summary »
Desperate to earn money, Harry hooks back up with Joe Easy. The best scene is when they make the final run to cash out a load of furs and they get lost on the way through the forest. The ... See full summary »
Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general; an SS commander and his "assistant"; an Italian industrialist and ... See full summary »
Ann Williams, secretary to eccentric drama critic Frederick Skeates, is persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmund Davey by Davey's wife Barbara. Davey's 'Othello' ... See full summary »
Shoplifter Linda Wilson doesn't care much for life inside or outside jail until she starts a relationship with prison psychiatrist Philip Duncan. When the Warden asks her to break off the ... See full summary »
Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow's I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered ... See full summary »
An eight-year-old girl is an unwilling and disturbed witness of parental quarrels in her home, and when the parents finally secure a divorce, the judge decrees that the young girl live with... See full summary »
The character played by Joe King is shown in the opening credits as Moett. On the TCM print every time this character is mentioned it's clear the actors are saying Metcalf even though the sound drops out as if being censored. See more »
A routine exposé of political corruption and dehumanizing prison conditions.
The was one of many Warner Bros. movies of the 30's about abysmal prison conditions and social injustice due to political corruption. It's a B picture without any big stars, but easy to watch, with Donald Woods as the reporter framed by Joe King and Henry O'Neill for trying to expose their corruption. I had a hard time accepting O'Neill as a baddie since he almost always plays a congenial sort. The prison scenes were excellent, especially with Harry Cording (the guard with the whip) making a terrific heavy. I also enjoyed seeing Marc Lawrence uncharacteristically playing a friendly convict.
Since I'm interested in credits, there were two items I noted. First, Joe King's character name is listed as Moett, but the AFI Catalogue mentioned that contemporary reviews listed his name as Metcalfe. His name is altered in the soundtrack at least a dozen times, where the "calfe" is blanked out, and it is very noticeable. Why the change was made is not known. Second, when the police radio dispatcher Frank Faylen reports about jailer Tom Manning's death, he says his name is "Bill Huber." But when you see the name in the newspaper, it is "W.B. Hefflin." Our forgetful filmmakers strike again!
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