MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,994 this week

The Big House (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Thriller  -  14 June 1930 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 995 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 17 critic

A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.

Directors:

(as George Hill) , (uncredited)

Writers:

(story), (additional dialogue), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 225 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 18 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Big House (1930)

The Big House (1930) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big House.
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Morgan
...
Butch
Lewis Stone ...
Warden
...
Kent
...
Anne
George F. Marion ...
Pop
J.C. Nugent ...
Mr. Marlowe
Karl Dane ...
Olsen
DeWitt Jennings ...
Wallace
Matthew Betz ...
Gopher (as Mathew Betz)
Claire McDowell ...
Mrs. Marlowe
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Donlin (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Tom Kennedy ...
Uncle Jed (scenes deleted)
Tom Wilson ...
Sandy
Eddie Foyer ...
Dopey
Edit

Storyline

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 <kyousten@bev.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Timely! Tremendous! Thrilling! Drama of Love and a Jail-Break!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big House  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie relaunched Wallace Beery's career. Before the coming of sound, he had been a top supporting player in silent films but had been dropped by his studio when sound came in. With The Big House (1930) being a huge hit, and Beery earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he was back in favor, to the extent of becoming the world's highest paid actor within two years. See more »

Goofs

The position of Wallace Beery'd head in relation to the wall in the letter sequence with Morris. See more »

Quotes

'Machine Gun' Butch Schmidt: [Looking at a picture of Kent's sister] Gee... it reminds me of Sadie. Gee, Sadie was a good skirt. I shouldn't have slipped her that ant poison. I should have just battered her in the jaw a few times.
See more »


Soundtracks

Ring the Bells of Heaven
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by George Frederick Root
Words by William O. Cushing
Sung by the Prisoners in Chapel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant acting.
30 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It was a refreshing change from the films of today which all seem to have to rely on special effects for the film to be a success. The story of 'The big house' is very good and I would venture an opinion that it was far and above the norm for films of that era. The acting was great from Robert Montgomary as Kent Marlowe and Wallace Beery as Butch Schmidt. Leila Hyams as Anne Marlowe was both a stunning looking, and brilliant actress and stole the film with her looks.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WHAT HAPPENED TO KARL DANE? PATRICK1962
Urgent need for DVD release rndicenso
Warner now selling this DVD exclusively on their webpage simonhowson
Lon Chaney gilbert1926
Scene with a coal/mining car? chris-865-646539
Discuss The Big House (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?