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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16 October 2019 | bkoganbing
| No good to the end
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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18 September 1936



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