A fast moving and low budget crime drama seasoned with mystery & comedy. SPOILERS: Akim Tamiroff, Paramount's resident crime lord, runs all the illegal gambling activities in a major city. ... See full synopsis »
A beautiful female private detective is hired by a wealthy businessman to check up on his stepson--the heir to the family fortune--who has been withdrawing large amounts of money from his bank account.
A millionaire dies in an airplane crash, leaving all of his money to be divided among his three daughters. One of the daughters doesn't want to share any of it, so she plans to get rid of her two sisters.
Sam Preston is a small-town newspaper publisher who suffers from wanderlust. Leaving his family (wife Ellen, two daughters and a son,) he thinks well-provided for, he packs a suitcase and ... See full summary »
Disregarding the advice if her friends and against her own better judgment, working girl Jean Forest keeps company with Larry Harrison, a small-time hoodlum, helps him out of jams he gets in and even shares her money with him. When he suggests they elope to Canada, she gives up her job, not knowing that he has just committed a holdup in which a man has been killed. On the way, they are arrested for a minor offense and Harrison, hoping to hide out on the local prison farm, pleads guilty and both are sent there. The local prison farm turns out to be a backward and brutal penal colony, and the only person in the camp that Jean can turn to for help is Roi Conrad, the camp doctor who is crusading for reforms at the farm-camp.Written by
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Sort of like "I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" set on a work farm.
Larry (Lloyd Nolan) is a complete jerk...and a crook. But his girlfriend, Jean, is convinced he's on the level and her faith in him leads to disaster. After he is involved with a robbery in which someone is killed, she believes Larry that they must leave town asap in order for him to begin a new job in Canada....even though he's picking up in the middle of the night to head there. He claims he wants to marry her and live in Winnipeg with her...whether or not this is true is uncertain because they both walk into a problem neither did anything to cause. A perverted sheriff attacks Jean and tries to rape her...and Larry stops him. The sheriff lies about what happened and both Jean and Larry are sent to a work farm for six months. Larry is able to handle it (after all, he deserves much more punishment than this) but Jean is starting to crumble apart due to the awful working conditions. What's next?
In some ways, "Prison Farm" reminds me of the classic reform film "I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang", though the work farm isn't quite as awful. Still, you can easily see that the folks making the film were also working to reform the system.
Overall, this is an entertaining story that keeps your attention throughout, though the film seemed a bit uncertain about the work farms. At times, it seemed to say they were cruel and evil...and at others they seemed less sure of this.
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