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Invisible Stripes

Invisible Stripes(1939)

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After being paroled from Sing Sing, Cliff Taylor returns home determined to go straight, despite the warnings from his cynical prison mate, Chuck Martin, that he will never shed his "invisible stripes." Chuck's prophesy seems to be coming true when Sue, Cliff's former sweetheart, rejects him because he is an ex-convict. Cliff's next disillusioning experience occurs when his younger brother Tim, embittered after struggling for years to save enough money to marry his fiancée Peggy, threatens to turn to crime. While Chuck returns to a lucrative life of crime, Cliff is fired from his job as a mechanic because of his record. Fired from his next job after he is heckled by the other men, Cliff is reduced to taking a job as a stockboy and finds acceptance in his work until he is arrested on suspicion of robbery after the store at which he is working is robbed. Although Cliff is exonerated of all charges, his experience hardens Tim, and to save his brother from the fate that he has suffered, Cliff joins Chuck's gang. After robbing enough banks to buy a garage for Tim, Cliff returns home to attend his brother's wedding. But when the gang is caught during their next robbery, Chuck takes refuge in Tim's garage, thus implicating Tim in the crime. After arranging to have all charges dropped against Tim in return for his identification of the robbers, Cliff goes to the aid of Chuck, who was wounded during the getaway. As Cliff helps Chuck to escape, he is gunned down by the gang members, but dies with the knowledge that he has spared his brother from a life of invisible stripes.