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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), San Quentin (1946) and Invisible Stripes (1939). He died on April 23, 1947 in Garrison, New York. See full bio »

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San Quentin
San Quentin Prologue Speaker
Invisible Stripes
Over the Wall
Over the Wall Writer


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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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 1946 San Quentin
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 1916 The Brand of Cowardice (extras casting)

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Book: "Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing (Criminal Justice in America)". Published by Ray Long & Richard R. Smith. 412 pages. Reprinted 1942 by New Home Library. Other editions (including facsimiles) available. NOTES: (1) Filmed as 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), Invisible Stripes (1939), Castle on the Hudson (1940). (2) Lawes was... See more »

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Warden Lewis E. Lawes

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He began a radio show in the fall of 1932 entitled, "20,000 Years in Sing Sing," which he narrated, dramatizing the crimes and punishments of selected inmates in his prison. This inspired a similarly titled film, 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), starring Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis. Lawes continued to appear on radio until 1947, culminating in the show, "The Cases of Warden Lawes.". See more »

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