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Lewis E. Lawes (1883–1947)

Lewis E. Lawes was born on September 13, 1883 in Elmira, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), Invisible Stripes (1939) and You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939). He died on April 23, 1947 in Garrison, New York. See full bio »

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 1940 Castle on the Hudson (from the book by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1939 Invisible Stripes (based on the book by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder (based on a play by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1938 Over the Wall (by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (book "Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing" - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
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 1916 The Brand of Cowardice (extras casting)

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Other Works:

Stage: Wrote (w/Jonathan Finn) "Chalked Out", produced on Broadway. Melodrama. Directed by Antoinette Perry. Morosco Theatre: 25 Mar 1937-Unknown (12 performances). Cast: Harry Bellaver (as "Smoky"), Ronald Brogan (as "Chuck"), Maurice Burke (as "Scappa"), Roger Combs (as "Tower Guard"), James Coots (as "Warden"), Blair Davies (as "... See more »

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Warden Lewis E. Lawes

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At the urging of New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith, Lawes accepted the wardenship of Sing Sing Prison in 1920 on the condition that it not be a political appointment and he had complete oversight of the institution. A staunch believer in prison reform and rehabilitation, he remained warden there until 1941. Lawes consistently donated the income from his books, films and popular radio shows to ... See more »

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