Parole, Inc.

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Parole, Inc.
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Directed by Alfred Zeisler
Screenplay by Sherman L. Lowe
Story byRoyal K. Cole
Sherman L. Lowe
Produced by Constantin J. David
Starring Michael O'Shea
Turhan Bey
Evelyn Ankers
Virginia Lee
Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton
Edited byJohn Faure
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Equity Pictures
Orbit Productions
Distributed by Eagle-Lion films
Release date
  • November 24, 1948 (1948-11-24)(Los Angeles)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Parole, Inc. is a 1948 American film noir film directed by Alfred Zeisler and starring Michael O'Shea, Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers and Virginia Lee. [1]



FBI agent Richard Hendricks lies in a hospital bed, dictating the results of his investigation for a report to the California governor. In long flashback scenes, the investigation is reviewed. Following a number of paroles granted to dangerous career criminals, the governor and state attorney general suspect corruption with the state parole board. Hendricks investigates undercover as an ex-convict attempting to buy a parole for a criminal partner currently in jail. He infiltrates the social circle of another recent parolee of dubious character, Harry Palmer, and asks him how to purchase a parole. The perpetrators of the scandal are secretive and willing to take extreme measures to prevent their exposure.



In a contemporary review, critic Edwin Schallert of the Los Angeles Times called the film "exceptionally good" and wrote: "Michael O'Shea as a government investigator does a fine, clean-cut job which will have the studios questing for him with regularity. The film is well directed by Alfred Zeisler, and has an okay documentary flavor." [2]

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  1. Parole, Inc. at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Schallert, Edwin (1948-11-25). "New 'Burlesque' Version Exceptional in Appeal". Los Angeles Times . p. 10, Part III.