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Parole, Inc. (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 August 1949 (UK)
Parole officers fight against gangsters trying to infiltrate the parole system.

Director:

Alfred Zeisler

Writers:

Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay), Sherman L. Lowe (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael O'Shea ... Richard Hendricks
Turhan Bey ... Barney Rodescu
Evelyn Ankers ... Jojo Dumont
Virginia Lee ... Glenda Palmer
Charles Bradstreet ... Harry Palmer
Lyle Talbot ... Police Commissioner Hughes
Michael Whalen ... Kid Redmond
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Titus Jones
James Cardwell ... Duke Vigili
Paul Bryar ... Charley Newton
Noel Cravat Noel Cravat ... Blackie Olson
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Storyline

When several notorious criminals are unjustifiably released on parole, the Federal Government smells a rat and sends ace agent Richard Hendricks to investigate. Hendricks infiltrates the gang, responsible for the parole racket by posing as a much-wanted convict Rick Carson. However, the wily Barney Rodescu, who is the brain behind the racket, soon finds out Carson's true identity. Carson's life is now in grave danger. Written by Robert

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Sensational ! Shocking ! The inside story of the Nation's Worst Crime Plot !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eliberare conditionata, Inc. See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Production Co:

Orbit Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Low-Budget Social 'Problem' Picture
30 July 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Filmed by a Poverty Row studio with a largely unknown cast, augmented by former Universal stalwarts Evelyn Ankers and Turhan Bey, PAROLE INC., is a good example of a so-called "problem picture" designed to draw attention to one of the iniquities blighting late Forties American society.

In this case it is the corrupt parole system whereby habitual criminals are let out of jail on the promise of reform and promptly resume their nefarious habits. This is chiefly due to a corrupt system headed by lawyer Barney Rodescu (Turhan Bey), who bribes two of the five- person Parole Board to vote in the prisoners' favor while trusting in the Board's ability to return positive verdicts.

Intrepid federal agent Hendricks (Michael O'Shea) volunteers to expose this racket by posing as a master criminal, infiltrating the racket at its lowest level and discovering how it works. He frequents The Pastime Club, a seedy joint run by Barney's fiancée Jojo (Ankers), and peopled by a clutch of hoodlums all in baggy suits and snap-brimmed hats. The rest of the story is predictable.

For an action thriller PAROLE INC. is remarkably static with too much time devoted to lengthy voice-overs from Hendricks as he tells what happened to a tape recorder from his hospital bed. The two nominal stars do what they can with the material: Bey looks immaculate in his tailored suits, but shows a tendency towards sadism, even though he assaults no one. He has a good line in dialogue delivery, describing one of his unfortunate minions as "a jackass," and vowing to get rid of any double-dealers daring to cross him.

On the whole, however, Alfred Zeisler's B-Movie is rather too moral for its own good, even though it dramatizes a scenario common to late Forties movies, suggesting that corruption is so rife in American institutions that no one knows how to separate friends from enemies.


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