Former police chief Tim Halloran Sr. (Willard Robertson) fully expects his son Tim Jr. (Alan Baxter) to follow in his footsteps, flat though they may be. Instead, the younger Halloran opts for the easy road of crime. As Tim Jr.'s notoriety increases, the city fathers beg Tim Sr. to emerge from retirement and put an end to his son's criminal activities. This he does, in a stark, startling ending that quite transcends the film's B-budget limitiations. Less than a year after the release of My Son is a Criminal, Columbia Pictures trod the same path with My Son is Guilty, with Harry Carey and Bruce Cabot taking over from Willard Robertson and Alan Baxter.
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