One-Way Ticket (1935)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission would soon render anachronistic such crime melodramas as One Way Ticket. Upon discovering that a prominent banker has absconded with his customers' funds, Jerry (Lloyd Nolan), one of the unlucky depositors, reacts by turning thief. He steals exactly the amount that he'd deposited, whereupon the cops close in and arrest him. Still feeling that he was merely getting back what was due him, Jerry bitterly stews in a jail cell until he's swept up in a prison breakout. The other escapees are killed, but Jerry manages to get away, though from this moment forward he's forced to live the toad-like life of a fugitive. Even his brief marriage to Bonnie (Peggy Conklin), the daughter of kindly prison warden Bourne (Walter Connolly), does little to alleviate Jerry's dilemma, and at the end he realizes that no one can ever truly run away from oneself. There's a great, fleeting moment in One Way Ticket wherein the protagonist calmly and philosophically discovers that his hiding place is surrounded by cops.

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prison, bank, bank-robbery, captive, captor, con/scam, escape, love, marriage, on-the-run, President, robbery