Parole Racket (1937)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This standard crime meller from the Columbia assembly line stars Paul Kelly as police lieutenant Tony Roberts. Hoping to smash a gang of racketeers who profit by "fixing" a crooked state parole board, Tony poses as a down-and-outer and gets himself arrested. While in prison, he gains the confidence of a mob contact, bribes his way to a parole, and joins the gang on the outside, working his way up to head of the racket. He does so well on the wrong side of the law, in fact, that one wonders why he retains his police badge! Ironically, star Paul Kelly actually did spend time behind bars in the 1920s on a manslaughter rap.

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parole, gangster, police, undercover