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Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 September 1936 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Harry Segall (screen play), Thomas Walsh (suggested by story: "Homecoming") (as Tom Walsh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... John Webster
James Gleason ... Detective Daniels
Bruce Cabot ... Robert Webster - Alias Bat Williams
Louise Latimer ... Letty Graves
Betty Grable ... Mildred Webster
Grace Bradley ... Grace Forbes
Nella Walker ... Helen Webster
Frank M. Thomas ... Attorney Pierce
Harry Jans Harry Jans ... Vic - Henchman
John Arledge ... Walter Clifford
Frank Jenks ... Pete - Henchman
Maxine Jennings ... Nellie - Phoney Mrs. Williams
Gordon Jones ... Joe Graves
Jack Randall ... Al - Henchman (as Addison Randall)
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Storyline

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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THIS MAN BELONGS IN JAIL! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geborene Verbrecher See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO borrowed Lewis Stone from MGM for this film. See more »

Quotes

Detective Daniels: You're better than Houdini ever was.
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Referenced in The Public Eye (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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No good to the end
16 October 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There was need for a man to play a father figure in Don't Turn 'Em Loose and RKO got Lewis Stone over from MGM and he's perfect as the Judge Hardy like father who gets appointed to the state parole board of his midwestern state.

Bruce Cabot is his son and they think he's abroad working as an engineer, but in reality he's a John Dillinger like criminal operating under an alias. In fact a lot of the Dillinger legend gets worked into the plot of this movie.

When Stone in his official capacity meets up with Cabot in his criminal persona at last is the climax. What follows after is the crux of the film.

This so far is Bruce Cabot's best performance on screen. How easily he slips in and out of a loving son and a public enemy is something to behold. Lewis Stone's anguish at seeing what he really has raised is outstanding acting. And you will not often see James Gleason as the hero cop.

Others in here are Betty Grable as Cabot's wholesome sister and Grace Bradley as his luckless moll who betrays him.

This one is a sleeper from RKO.


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