First question – what was Warners stalwart EDWARD G. ROBINSON doing in an MGM film which could have passed for a Warners drama.
Was his contract with Warners up, was he loaned out, was he freelancing? I don’t know.
Anyway, the sight of Eddie G.in John Wayne mode (cf HELLFIGHTERS) as a top oil fire fighter doesn’t quite work.
And the plot is pretty far fetched. – he’s top man in his field, with a pretty wife (RUTH HUSSEY,also miscast) and a son BOBS WATSON (who had to shed tears at least once in any of his films.)
The implausible background story is that Robinson is living under an assumed name because 9 years earlier he was convicted of a robbery he didn’t do and served time on a chain gang from which he escaped.
Now,GENE LOCKHART turns up,admitting it was he who did the robbery – he blackmails poor Robinson who ends up back on the chain gang – from which he escapes yet again!
The ending is quick and even more implausible.
Bad choice for Edward G.
I don’t even want to talk about GUINN WILLIAMS, in his usual role of sidekick – his humour escapes me.