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The Wrong Road (1937)

Lionel Atwill , Billy Bevan , James Cruze  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lionel Atwill, Billy Bevan, Sidney Bracey, Chester Clute, Joseph Crehan
  • Directors: James Cruze
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000EYK3ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After serving their sentence two bank robbers are released from prison and hope to recover their stolen loot, only to find it missing.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Music box that plays a hundred grand tune April 13, 2010
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ALPHA VIDEO offers bargain priced, often hard-to-find vintage movies that are ideal for those willing to skip DVD extras. Their transfers show no evidence of restoration, so quality varies from one title to the next, with "fair to good" being the average.

THE WRONG ROAD (1937) is a REPUBLIC crime programmer with a pre-Noir storyline.

Here, a young couple, two kids from well-off homes, grow weary of earning small paychecks so they embezzle $100K from the bank where Jimmy (Cromwell) works. They intentionally turn themselves in after stashing the loot in an antique music box and posting it to Ruth's (Mack) Uncle Louie, a man who owns a curio shop.

Both are sentenced to "up to 10 years" but are released after only 2, thanks to Mike Roberts (Atwill), a private investigator employed by the bank who's trying to recover the stolen cash from them. Ruth and Jimmy give Roberts the slip and beat it to Uncle Louie's, but discover the old man died a just couple of months before they got out of jail; the contents of his shop have been given to an auction house. Events surrounding the pursuit of that music box, plus their being dogged by both the P.I. and Blackie Clayton (McMahon), a prison mate of Jimmy who demands a 1/3rd cut, are elements later found in films noir.

Jimmy and Ruth are outbid at auction for the music box in a suspenseful and well presented scene. Their arrival at the rural boarding home of the box's new owner, Martha Foster (Main), plus her coincidentally being married to the town's sheriff (Powell) and the older couple's knowledge (thanks to P.I. Roberts) of why Ruth and Jimmy have come knocking, challenge credibility (to say the least). The simultaneous reappearance of a threatening Blackie pushes this tale into the realm of comedy.
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