After a manslaughter conviction from drunk driving, nice but foolish Kent is sent to a prison over-crowded and unable to properly deal with it's inmates. There he meets veteran criminals like Morgan and his hardened pal Butch. And the system punishes them all, turning them against each other and bringing out the worst. Written by
Ken Yousten <email@example.com>
Timely! Tremendous! Thrilling! Drama of Love and a Jail-Break!
14 June 1930 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?
In Frances Marion
's original script, the characters played by Leila Hyams
and Robert Montgomery
were husband and wife. After the film flopped in a preview screening, MGM studio executive Irving Thalberg
decided that the problem was that audiences, especially women, didn't want to see the Chester Morris
character have an affair with a married woman. So the script was rewritten to make Montgomery and Hyams brother and sister. Scenes were reshot and the film, in its modified form, became a major hit. See more
When Anne comes to visit Kent at the prison, and he walks up and says 'Hi sis,' the shadow of the microphone falls across her. See more
'Machine Gun' Butch Schmidt
Say, listen. Don't let the guys know you've gone straight. They used to have a lot of respect for you.
Alternate-language version of Menschen hinter Gittern
Music by Antonín Dvorák
from Second Movement (Largo) in Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World", Op.95, B.178 (1893)
Lyrics by William Arms Fisher
Sung offscreen by an unidentified prisoner in solitary See more