Elmer Clifton, whose career reached back to the D.W. Griffith days, warmed the directors' chair for the States'-Rights quickie Paroled from the Big House. When her storekeeper dad is murdered by protection racketeers, feisty Pat Mallory (Jean Carmen) vows to bring the killers to justice. She is aided in this mission by police lieutenant Nixon (Richard Adams), who goes undercover to gain the gang's confidence. The film's title is a reference to the gang's leader, who manages to wangle an early parole thanks to an on-the-take official. With character names like "Red", "Killer", "Slicker", "Duke" and "Gunner", Paroled from the Big House sounds more like a Bowery Boys epic than a crime melodrama.
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