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Hell's Highway (1932)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  23 September 1932 (USA)
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Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

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Duke Ellis
Tom Brown ...
Johnny Ellis
Rochelle Hudson ...
Mary Ellen
C. Henry Gordon ...
Skinner
Oscar Apfel ...
Billings
Stanley Fields ...
Whiteside
John Arledge ...
Carter
Warner Richmond ...
Pop-Eye
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Matthew (as Chas. Middleton)
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Rascal
Louise Carter ...
Mrs. Ellis
Sandy Roth ...
Maxie
Fuzzy Knight ...
Society Red
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Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

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Crime | Drama

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23 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Gloria y hambre  »

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RKO executives were concerned about a possible plagerism suit by the author of the book and the movie version I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) in production at Warner Bros. at the time. Some deletions and changes were made until they were satisfied that no legal action would be taken. See more »

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The Unfunny Side of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
20 January 2003 | by (Dayton, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Having seen "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" recently, that film came to mind soon after Hell's Highway began. The similarities were obvious-- chain gangs, road work, harsh guards, escape, pursuit and capture. Even the music was similar-- worksong spirituals sung in rich harmony by black male choruses. But where "O Brother" wove humor and comedy throughout the story, "Hell's Highway" was hard, gritty, and definitely humor-less. You're told at the beginning this film is on the bandwagon of penal reform that must have existed at that time, showing the abuses and brutality and the efforts to stop it. It does this quite well, even with the corny (by today's culture)"Oh gosh, gee whillickers, Ma" script and acting that appeared occasionally. Producer David O. Selznick must have been a closet pyromaniac--a powerful scene in which the prison camp burns certainly called to mind the burning of Atlanta in "Gone With the Wind." This Depression-era film showed that even decent folks could find themselves behind the 8-ball of life. Overall, an excellent insight into one aspect of early 20th century American culture. Ignore the outdated-ness of the film and you'll learn a lot.


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