IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND (never too late to mend; never too late) (1937 U.K.) D: DAVID MacDONALD W: H.F. MALTBY P: GEORGE KING
Tod Slaughter fans will want to see his dual role as a corrupt squire who sends an innocent man to prison because he wants the girl, and the gleefuly sadistic prison governor. Based on a turn of the century play about bad prison conditions by Charles Reade and Arthur Shirley that actualy resulted in some prison reforms (and had already been filmed in 1913, 1917 and 1922), this is just another ultra-melodramatic grand guignol Slaughter vehicle (that's no complaint mind you). Slaughter's behaviour results in a little kid dying from overwork, and one of his prison board peers says "i have no patience with people who are starving"! Wonderful stuff. With Laurence Hanray. In b/w.