Watching the 1948 treat; Parole, Inc. It’s from another Poverty Row studio; Orbit Productions.
Publicists cry, “All-Star Cast!” a lot, but when is it truly appropriate?
Tonight is that night.
I’m talkin’ ‘bout a flick that offers Turhan Bey (you loved him in The Mad Ghoul-1943 and The Mummy’s Tomb-1942), Evelyn Ankers (you loved her in The Frozen Ghost-1945, The Invisible Man’s Return-1940, Son of Dracula-1943, The Ghost of Frankenstein-1942, and The Wolf Man-1941), and…wait for it…Lyle Talbot (you laughed at him in Plan 9 From Outer Space-1959, Mesa of Lost Women-1953, and Glen or Glenda-1953).
There are two amazing things about that last sentence.
- I’ve seen every one of those films and, sadly, am not ashamed to admit it.
- None of these film actors are the starring actor in tonight’s film.
That honor goes to Michael O’Shea. You probably didn’t love him in anything, but Barbara Stanwyck loved him in Lady of Burlesque-1943, and he’s actually OK in this flick, which is more than you can say about the Bey/Ankers/Talbot trio. It’s also more than you can say about the film itself which centers on a criminal gang infiltrating a parole board.
If you have that on your bingo card, I concede.
No, not so good…but Lyle Talbot has certainly done worse.