Parole, Inc.

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

Parole, Inc.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred Zeisler
Produced byConstantin J. David
Screenplay bySherman L. Lowe
Story byRoyal K. Cole
Sherman L. Lowe
StarringMichael O'Shea
Turhan Bey
Evelyn Ankers
Virginia Lee
Music byAlexander Laszlo
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Edited byJohn Faure
Equity Pictures
Orbit Productions
Distributed byEagle-Lion films
Release date
  • November 24, 1948 (1948-11-24) (Los Angeles)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film opens with a scene of FBI agent Richard Hendricks (Michael O'Shea) bedridden in a hospital bed, dictating the results of his investigation for a report to the California Governor. The dictation scenes are interrupted by long flashback scenes showing how the investigation proceeded.

After a number of paroles granted to dangerous career criminals, the California Governor and State Attorney General suspected corruption in the state parole board. They called upon Hendricks to investigate and expose those involved. Hendricks decided to go undercover as an ex-convict wanting to buy a parole for a criminal partner currently in jail. He then proceeded to infiltrate the social circle of another recent parolee of dubious character, Harry Palmer, and ask him how to purchase a parole. However, the people operating the parole purchase ring were quite secretive and ready to take extreme measures to prevent their exposure.



Critical response

Film critic Dennis Schwartz panned the film, writing, "Alfred Zeisler (Fear) directs this uninteresting undercover police drama ... The story for this low-budget B-film from Eagle Lion studios is just about as far-fetched and ludicrous as the acting. It also lacked suspense, any surprises and the production values were shoddy. The only good thing is that it moves along at a fast clip and is over in a flash."[2]


  1. Parole, Inc. at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, May 7, 2007. Accessed: August 5, 2013.
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