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 »
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.