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Parole!

Parole!(1936)

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Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. The working titles of the film were What Price Parole and Paroled. According to Film Daily, this was Universal's first production under the "regime" of Charles Rogers. Universal Cost Files at the USC Cinema-Television Library list "Shannon and Cohn" as contributing writers on this film. The credit May refer to writers Robert T. Shannon and Albert J. Cohen, who collaborated on other Universal films. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item on November 1, 1937, Charles Maxwell was the composer and arranger for part of this film's score. From the continuity of this film, it is not clear whether "Okay" is killed as he swims away or escapes. After "Okay" leaps into the water and is fired at, he exits the frame swimming, and the reel ends with a police officer firing at him in the background. After this scene, his character is no longer referred to in the script. Numerous reviews mention the timeliness of the film's topic. An ad in Motion Picture Herald, which asks, "Is parole merciful-or murderous?," includes clips of undated newspaper articles with headlines such as, "Weak Parole System and Reduced Pleas Held Factors Behind Murder." Among the newspapers cited are the New York World-Telegram, which states, "Recent crimes committed by men on parole indicate that the system is not working as a safeguard to society as had been intended," and the New York Evening Journal, which cites statistics of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Uniform Crime Reports that state that a criminal serving a life sentence averages only ten years behind bars, a convicted murderer, four years, and a criminal serving a ten-year sentence, one to three-and-a-half years. A Motion Picture Daily ad addresses J. Edgar Hoover: "You are the chief crook-catcher of the nation. You trapped Dillinger, Nelson...et al. But you're going to get your most tremendous kick out of Universal's 'Parole!'" Joseph Lapis is credited with sound in an early Hollywood Reporter production chart, but is not credited in the cutting continuity and receives no mention in reviews.