Parole, Inc.

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"The True Story of the Nation's Parole-Peddling Syndicate"
  • Passed
  • 1948
  • 1 hr 11 min
  • 5.7  (410)

Set in New York, Parole, Inc. is a film noir thriller that tells a harrowing story of a group of ex-convicts trying to start a new life, only to find that the world is against their rehabilitation. Directed by Alfred Zeisler, the movie stars Michael O'Shea, Turhan Bey, and Evelyn Ankers. The movie begins with an introduction to the parole system in America. It explains how it works and its flaws, leading to many ex-cons being forced to return to a life of crime due to the lack of opportunity and societal prejudice against them. One of such ex-cons is Tony, played by O'Shea. Tony is a tough guy who is determined to go straight, but his criminal past always seems to catch up with him, leading him to lapse back into his old ways.

Tony meets his old friend, Nick, played by Bey, who offers him a job. Nick is the head of a construction firm and offers Tony a chance to work on his latest project. However, things are not as they seem, and Tony soon realizes that Nick's business is just a front for a more sinister operation. Nick is running a protection racket, forcing other construction firms to pay him protection money or else suffer the consequences.

Tony is torn between two worlds. He wants to do the right thing and stay out of trouble, but he also needs the money to take care of his sick sister. He finds himself getting deeper and deeper into Nick's business and soon learns that Nick is not the only one involved in the scheme. There is a corrupt parole officer who is working with Nick, ensuring that other ex-cons are sent back to prison to maintain the supply of cheap labor for the construction projects.

Tony becomes caught in a web of corruption and deceit, and it seems like there is no way out. He is forced to play both sides, and in doing so, he risks losing everything he has worked hard to achieve. His parole officer is on to him, and Nick is getting more and more paranoid, leading to a fierce showdown in which Tony has to fight for his life.

The acting in Parole, Inc. is excellent. Michael O'Shea delivers a convincing performance as Tony, the ex-con trying to go straight. He portrays the character's inner turmoil with great sensitivity, making it easy for the audience to empathize with him. Turhan Bey gives an equally impressive performance as Nick, the ruthless businessman with a heart of stone. He convincingly portrays the character's arrogance and utter lack of compassion for others.

Evelyn Ankers also delivers an excellent performance as Joan, a woman caught between Nick and Tony. She is torn between her feelings for Tony and her loyalty to Nick. Her performance is nuanced, and she brings depth to the character, making her much more than just a pawn in the game of the two men.

The cinematography in Parole, Inc. is outstanding. The film's dark noir atmosphere is palpable, with dimly lit streets, shadowy alleyways, and alleyway fights adding to the tension of the film. The camera work is excellent, with clever use of angles and tight close-ups making the characters seem more real and the action more intense.

Overall, Parole, Inc. is a finely crafted film that explores the flaws in the American parole system while simultaneously telling a thrilling story of corruption and betrayal. The movie's message is clear: justice is not always fair, and there are many people in the world who are willing to exploit others for their own gain. The film's outstanding acting, cinematography, and direction make it a must-watch for all fans of the film noir genre.

Parole, Inc. is a 1948 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 11 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

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    5.7  (410)