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Brief Synopsis

Republic, never a company to not try getting ahead of the curve and with writers who could remember the 1930's social conscience WW I vets-returning-home films, made this in mid-1944 (a full year before the end of WW II) as a don't-let-it-happen-again sermon. The semi-prologue opening finds Father Jim Donnelly (John Litel) before a post-war planning board in Washington and, as Priests quite often did in 1930 and 1940's films, tells his point-making story in flashback of how WW I vet Eddie Ballinger (Don Barry as Donald Barry), shaken by battle experiences anyway, returns home to a job that is no longer there for him and finds "No Help Wanted" signs standing in his way of making an honest living. Despite the pleas from his mother (Emma Dunn) and his sweetheart Lucy Manners (Lynne Roberts), Eddie starts hauling booze for bootlegger Tim Oberta (Alexander Granich) and takes up with entertainer Lola (Ruth Terry), who eventually betrays him, mainly because she is a one-name character and that's what one-name characters are there for...especially in a movie with the lead playing his 1944 version of Jimmy Cagney in a 1933 Warner's film. Father Jim makes his don't-repeat-the-past point in less than an hour as the hearing committee had also seen and heard the story before.

Cast & Crew

Steve Sekely Director
Donald Barry Eddie Ballinger
Lynne Roberts Lucy Manners
Alexander Granach Tim Oberta
Emma Dunn Mary Ballinger
John Litel Father Jim Donnelly
Jonathan Hale Senator Bill Henry
Joe Devlin Nicky Piastro
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1944 Production Date:  KP
16mm +e 21 Sep 1995
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono (RCA Sound System) Production Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  67 or 69 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  7    

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