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The Big House (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Thriller  -  14 June 1930 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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


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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Carcere  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney was originally cast in the role of Butch Schmidt. But due to his untimely illness, the role was given to Wallace Beery. See more »

Goofs

The hallway area outside Butch and Kent's cell changes between scenes, possibly due to re-shoots (see trivia). 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.
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Connections

Edited into Buried Loot (1935) See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
Played offscreen by a bugler
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Good prison film
15 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kent (Robert Montgomery) arrives in prison and is put in a cell with Butch (Wallace Beery) and Morgan (Chester Morris), a couple of hardened criminals who run the place. Kent is warned by them to choose his friends wisely. He doesn't.

This is a strange film in that it starts out as Kent's story but gradually turns into Morgan's story. The film moves at a good pace climaxing in the attempted escape where old pals Butch and Morgan have a final confrontation. Robert Montgomery is a wimp/coward/creep in this film while Wallace Beery is the thug.

It's an enjoyable film with a touch of romance thrown in by the storyline involving Anne (Leila Hyams) and Morgan. Morgan escapes and hangs out with Anne and her family. She is Kent's sister. There are tense moments involving him and the policeman that finally re-arrests him. Morgan maintains a smart outlook throughout the film and goes out of his way to protect Kent even though Morgan knows what a traitor Kent has been. Shagging his sister must only increase his inner torment as to what he should do. It all works out nicely in the end!


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