Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

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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 »


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  • Betty Grable and John Arledge in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)
  • Betty Grable, Bruce Cabot, and Lewis Stone in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)
  • Bruce Cabot, Louise Latimer, and Lewis Stone in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)
  • Betty Grable, Bruce Cabot, and Lewis Stone in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)
  • Betty Grable, Bruce Cabot, and Lewis Stone in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

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31 August 2014 | xerses13
6
| Taut Moral Crime Drama...
This could/should have been a break-out role for Bruce Cabot (Robert Webster/Bat Williams, Criminal) just like the PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) was for James Cagney. Cabot though already had his chance in KING KONG (1933) and by 1936 had firmly established himself as a dependable character actor. In this film he does show he had more to offer and was particularly effective as a murderous sociopath.

Webster/Williams has two (2) lives, as Webster respected engineer and Son of John Webster (Lewis Stone) pillar of society. Then as Williams a criminal mastermind who uses the parole system to duck in and out of prison at his convenience. John Webster is finally confronted by the truth just prior to his Daughters Wedding, Mildred Webster (Betty Grable). Webster/Williams once more gets off, black-mailing his Father now on the Parole Board, though trying for one more BIG SCORE meets his undoing.

At 65" the film moves right along at a quick pace and would not disgrace the efforts over at WARNER BROTHERS. RKO being very efficient and turning out these programmers needed in filling out its release schedule and theater chain. Also to cover expenses for such flops as MARY OF Scotland. A film that cemented Katherine Hepburn for being 'Box Office Poison' through the balance of the 1930s.

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

18 September 1936

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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