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Super Reviewer
March 17, 2011
I was really excited about the fact this movie came from my newly obtained Mill Creek Mystery Classics 100 Movie Pack, A real good deal at Amazon. This is a 1937 film about a couple who work at a bank that they rob, planning on hiding the money only to recover it upon there release. 2 years past, they are released and then there trouble begins, This one can be seen on the net at places for free. Its worth 3 stars,
½ March 12, 2007
The Wrong Road
Starring: Richard Cromwell, Helen Mack, Lionel Atwill, and Horace MacMohan
Director: James Cruze

Jimmy and Ruth, a young, down-on-their-luck couple (Cromwell and Mack) steal $100,000 from Jimmy's employer that they intend to live off it once they get out of prison. A private detective charged with recovering the loot (Atwill) believes they are just a pair of desperate kids deserving of a second chance, and he arranges their early parole. As he encourages them to give back the money, a coldhearted, murderous criminal (MacMohan) is stalking them in the hopes of getting the loot for himself.

"The Wrong Road" is so heavy-handed in delivering its "crime doesn't pay" and "it's never to late to reform and become a law-abiding citizen again" messages that it borders on the goofy educational films that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s (and even into the 1970s, because I remember watching a few...). However, a cast far classier and talented than is usually found in that sort of films, and a fast-moving story that actually has some tension to it makes it better than the educational shorts and film-strips it resembles.

The best part of the film is Atwill's character. Private detective Mike Roberts is almost a proto-Colombo, with his ability to pop up in Jimmy and Ruth's path at just the right (or wrong, depending on your point of view) moment, and his technique of annoying the criminals into coming clean.

This isn't a movie I recommend anyone search out, but if you should see it listed in a multi-film package, don't let its presence discourage you from considering getting it if there's another film you're interested in. "The Wrong Road" may not be terribly good, but it's short and it's watchable.
½ December 31, 2006
Solid and nifty little "B" movie crime drama. The cast is terrific, it shows what you can do with a low budget. Great moral, interesting plot, short and sweet.
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