Parole, Inc. (1948)

71 mins | Drama | December 1948

Director:

Alfred Zeisler

Writer:

Sherman L. Lowe

Cinematographer:

Gilbert Warrenton

Editor:

John Faure

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld
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HISTORY

The foreword to this film states that the story "endeavors to acquaint the public with the growing menace of unwisely given or fraudulently obtained ... More Less

The foreword to this film states that the story "endeavors to acquaint the public with the growing menace of unwisely given or fraudulently obtained paroles." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Jan 1949.
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Daily Variety
26 Nov 48
p. 4.
Film Daily
4 Jan 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 48
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
28 Jul 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Jan 49
pp. 4449-50.
Variety
5 Jan 49
p. 58.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 24 November 1948
Production Date:
began early August 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
11 December 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2026
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,394
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13415
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As federal agent Richard Hendricks lies badly hurt in a hospital, he dictates a full report for the bureau chief on his last assignment: Richard is hired by the governor, attorney general Whitmore and police commissioner Hughes to go undercover as parole violator Richard Murdock in order to expose a corrupt parole board. The start of Richard's investigation coincides with the parole hearing of Harry Palmer, who was convicted of attempted murder. Parole board chairman Rolfe Holiday, who has a history of voting for the release of un-reformed criminals, allows Palmer's parole. Palmer's wife Glenda works as a waitress at The Pasttime Café, a nightclub owned by Jojo Dumont. Jojo operates an illegal punchboard racket with the help of Palmer's old gang and club manager Charley Newton. Two weeks before Palmer's release, Richard goes undercover as Murdock, but uses the alias "Rick Carson" to add authenticity to his act. He begins frequenting Jojo's club, and after Palmer returns, Duke Vigili, one of Jojo's henchmen, reveals his suspicions that Rick is a government agent. As Richard had expected, Jojo orders his room searched, and the men conclude that "Rick" is Richard Murdock, the man responsible for a successful bank heist the previous year. Now accepted into the gang, Richard gives Palmer an advance payment for arranging the parole of his partner in the heist, Monty Cooper, who was in prison with Palmer. Jojo's boyfriend, lawyer Barney Rodescu, who heads the parole racket, receives Palmer's parole payment and, assuming he has turned stool pigeon, orders his death. After Jojo's henchman, Blackie Olson, shoots Palmer dead, Richard offers to help Glenda ... +


As federal agent Richard Hendricks lies badly hurt in a hospital, he dictates a full report for the bureau chief on his last assignment: Richard is hired by the governor, attorney general Whitmore and police commissioner Hughes to go undercover as parole violator Richard Murdock in order to expose a corrupt parole board. The start of Richard's investigation coincides with the parole hearing of Harry Palmer, who was convicted of attempted murder. Parole board chairman Rolfe Holiday, who has a history of voting for the release of un-reformed criminals, allows Palmer's parole. Palmer's wife Glenda works as a waitress at The Pasttime Café, a nightclub owned by Jojo Dumont. Jojo operates an illegal punchboard racket with the help of Palmer's old gang and club manager Charley Newton. Two weeks before Palmer's release, Richard goes undercover as Murdock, but uses the alias "Rick Carson" to add authenticity to his act. He begins frequenting Jojo's club, and after Palmer returns, Duke Vigili, one of Jojo's henchmen, reveals his suspicions that Rick is a government agent. As Richard had expected, Jojo orders his room searched, and the men conclude that "Rick" is Richard Murdock, the man responsible for a successful bank heist the previous year. Now accepted into the gang, Richard gives Palmer an advance payment for arranging the parole of his partner in the heist, Monty Cooper, who was in prison with Palmer. Jojo's boyfriend, lawyer Barney Rodescu, who heads the parole racket, receives Palmer's parole payment and, assuming he has turned stool pigeon, orders his death. After Jojo's henchman, Blackie Olson, shoots Palmer dead, Richard offers to help Glenda find her husband's killer, and she identifies Rodescu as the secret head of the parole racket. Meanwhile, Rodescu has arranged for Cooper's parole and subsequent employment on a farm. After he discovers that the farm is Rodescu's hideout, Richard plants a sound recording device in the farmhouse. He also instructs Glenda to send telegraphs in Rodescu's name to the parole board, ordering them to the farm. Holiday and board member Titus Jones take the bait and arrive at the farm. Rodescu then traces the telegrams to Glenda and orders Newton to kill her, but she is rescued by commissioner Hughes. When Cooper arrives at the farm, he recognizes Richard as the government man who arrested him and Murdock. Richard is consequently beaten up and shot in the leg before the police arrive and rescue him, then arrest the gang. Back in the hospital, Richard is now recovered. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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