Warner Baxter made his final screen appearance in Columbia's State Penitentiary. Baxter plays airplane engineer Roger Manners, falsely accused of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from his company. Sent to prison, Manners escapes, hoping to track down the real culprit, his ex-partner Stanley Brown (Robert Shayne). Meanwhile, Manners' wife Shirley (Karin Booth) makes a play for Brown, hoping to help her husband trap the scoundrel. Onslow Stevens co-stars as government agent Jim Evans, who has a gut feeling that Manners is innocent, but must attempt to recapture him all the same. Though looking old and tired, Warner Baxter rises to the occasion, delivering an assured, convincing performance. Baxter died May 7, 1951, 11 months after the release of State Penitentiary.
by Hal Erickson synopsis