In "Reprieve," John Garfield stars as a career criminal who is lured into a life of honest work.
As the episode opens, Steve Hannibal defines the word "reprieve". Why does it apply to him? He is in prison for murder and awaiting his execution. How did he get there? It wasn't his life of crime, it was the year he spent trying to live a straight life...
His problems started after successfully pulling off a payroll job in Chicago. Steve and his two accomplices, Murphy and Joe, took the money and decided to escape by riding the rails. While hiding in a boxcar, a fight broke out and Murphy shot Joe.
When the train stopped, Steve was arrested for the murder of Joe and hauled off to the police station. He wasn't too worried because he knew that he could get the charges lowered, Murphy had gotten away, and that his money would be waiting for him when he was released.
Then, help arrived in the form of a lady reporter who believed that he was innocent. She succeeded in getting him out of jail and into a new life.
But, Murphy was still out there, and eventually the crusading lady reporter ran afoul of him...
"Reprieve" was written, produced and directed by William Spier . John Garfield starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher, Joseph Kearns, and John McIntire. This episode aired on May 10, 1945.
(Image of John Garfield)