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Parole! (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 June 1936 (USA)


Lew Landers (as Louis Friedlander)


Kubec Glasmon (screenplay), Horace McCoy (screenplay) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Russ Whalen
Ann Preston Ann Preston ... Frances Crawford
Alan Dinehart ... Richard Mallard
Alan Baxter ... Percy 'Okay' Smith
Alan Hale ... John Borchard
Grant Mitchell ... Marty Crawford
Berton Churchill ... Rex Gavin
Noah Beery Jr. ... Bobby Freeman
Bernadene Hayes ... Joyce Daniels
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Prison Warden
John Miltern John Miltern ... Governor Slade
Charles Richman ... John 'Jack' Driscoll
Frank Mills ... Dummy Watts
Selmer Jackson ... Earl Bigbee
Phillip Trent ... Gregory (as Cliff Jones)


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DILLIINGER! KARPIS! MAHAN! CROWLEY! LEGS DIAMOND! All were parole-only to prey again on defenseless men, women and children! (original poster) See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

14 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I yposhesis tou gangster See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crusading B with no visual flair
31 May 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Henry Hunter is paroled from prison and tries to make his way on the straight and narrow. However, the entire parole system is so corrupt, that he risks his life to try to fix it in this well-meaning but ineptly produced B picture.

The dedicated film fan will want to see this movie for a wealth of character actors, including Alan Hale, Grant Mitchell, Burton Churchill, Alan Dinehart and incredibly young versions of Anthony Quinn -- he's the con who gets shanked at the movie's start -- and Noah Beery Jr. The failings of the movie outweigh that pleasure, with the entire movie shot in a series of small sets and the story told by newspaper headlines, with intermittent pauses as Mr. Hunter pauses to explain that parole is a fine idea, but that the system as it exists is utterly corrupt. More a polemic than a movie, you won't want to see this more than once.

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