Parole, Inc.

Parole, Inc.

Director: Alfred Zeisler

Cast: Alfred Zeisler, Michael O'Shea, Turhan Bey, Virginia Lindley

     
 

Government agent Richard Hendricks (Michael O'Shea) goes undercover to get goods on a gang responsible for dispensing illegal paroles. Posing as a prisoner, Hendricks links up with the gang's inside man, Barney Rodescu (Turhan Bey). As often happens in real life, several pillars of society are getting rich by manipulating the lives of others. The plot is not always… See more details below

Overview

Government agent Richard Hendricks (Michael O'Shea) goes undercover to get goods on a gang responsible for dispensing illegal paroles. Posing as a prisoner, Hendricks links up with the gang's inside man, Barney Rodescu (Turhan Bey). As often happens in real life, several pillars of society are getting rich by manipulating the lives of others. The plot is not always logical, but audience involvement is sustained every step of the way. Parole Inc was one of the "in-between" pictures -- not quite a "B," not expensive enough for "A" -- produced by young-and-hungry Eagle Lion studios in the late 1940s.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A low budget effort from a minor studio, Parole Inc. will be of most interest to true aficionados of crime thrillers and/or film noir. It's not really a noir flick, but the gangster setting, the black-and-white photography and the general feel may be enough to attract fans. Most movie viewers, however, will find Parole a bit of a bore. The screenplay has a plot that generally makes sense -- which isn't always true of crime films -- but it's also noticeably lacking in suspense. For example, the film opens with a couple of paragraphs on the screen dealing with corruption among parole boards. A few minutes later, dialogue covers pretty much the same ground. It's as if the creators want to make sure no one gets lost or misses anything, and this "overdoing it" can be found in many places in the film. Alfred Zeisler's by-the-numbers direction doesn't up the surprise quotient any, and the lack of tension is a serious detriment. A livelier cast would have helped matters, but Parole's performances are basically only adequate: the actors do what is asked of them but little more.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
UPC:
0089218526595
Original Release:
1949
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
64,328

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael O'Shea Richard Hendricks
Turhan Bey Barney Rodescu
Virginia Lindley Glenda Palmer
Charles Bradstreet Harry Palmer
Lyle Talbot Police Commissioner
Michael Whalen Kid Redmond
Charles Williams Titus Jones
James B. Cardwell Duke Vigili
Paul Bryar Charley Newton
Noel Cravat Blackie Olson
Charles Jordan Monty Cooper
Evelyn Ankers Jojo Dumont

Technical Credits
Alfred Zeisler Director
Royal K. Cole Original Story
Constantin J. David Producer
John D. Faure Editor
Rudi Feld Art Director
Alexander Laszlo Score Composer
Sherman Lowe Screenwriter
Jacque Mapes Set Decoration/Design
Lucille Sothern Costumes/Costume Designer
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Parole, Inc.
2. Chapter 1 [11:54]
3. Chapter 2 [13:09]
4. Chapter 3 [10:19]
5. Chapter 4 [11:20]
6. Chapter 5 [11:07]
7. Chapter 6 [9:54]

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