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The Wrong Road

3.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EYK3ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
Format: DVD
DVD-R mfrs. such as SYNERGY offer no commentary, deleted scenes, subtitles or other bonus features. Dubs are "best available source" and can vary from very good to only fair.

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's 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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i enjoyed it! Although a dated film, that becomes part of its charm. It was interesting to see how one arrives at committing a crime in those days. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys old movies. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised, like I was.
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Jimmy (Richard Cromwell) and Ruth (Helen Mack) have big plans, including marriage and children. Unfortunately, they'll have to live on Jimmy's paltry $25 / week from his job at the bank. All things considered, including time behind bars, the two decide that it would be better, and certainly more profitable, to steal $100,000.00 from the bank instead! After the theft, they hide the money inside a music box. Enter Detective Mike Roberts (Lionel Atwill- THE VAMPIRE BAT, DOCTOR X, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM) who gives the couple a good talking-to, then they're off to prison. When they finally get paroled, they discover that the terms of their release precludes their getting married. Roberts re-enters their lives to be there when they crack. During this time, Jimmy and Ruth run into many obstacles and delays in their pursuit of the ill-gotten gains. THE WRONG ROAD is a fable, complete w/ morally-uplifting message. Worth a peek...
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Niche market DVD purveyor RCE's dubs are "best available source," with quality that varies from only fair to very good. They're also known for superimposing a constant logo on-screen.

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, also their being dogged by both the P.I. and Blackie Clayton (McMahon), a prison mate of Jimmy's 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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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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