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The Last Mile (1932)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 August 1932 (USA)
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Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death row just before a brutal inmate leads the other convicts in a violent uprising. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Phillips ...
Richard 'Dick' Walters,.. Cell 5
Preston Foster ...
John 'Killer' Mears... Cell 4
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Joe Berg... Cell 1
Noel Madison ...
D'Amoro... Cell 6
Alan Roscoe ...
Kirby... Cell 7 (as Allan Roscoe)
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Eddie Werner... Cell 8
Al Hill ...
Fred Mayer... Cell 3
Daniel L. Haynes ...
Sonny Jackson... Cell 2
Edward Van Sloan ...
Rabbi
Louise Carter ...
Mrs. Walters
Ralph Theodore ...
Pat Callahan... Principal Keeper
Jack Kennedy ...
Mike O'Flaherty, Guard
Albert J. Smith ...
Drake.. Guard
William Scott ...
Peddie... Guard
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Harris... Guard
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Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death row just before a brutal inmate leads the other convicts in a violent uprising. Walters gets caught up in the riot, while on the outside his friends are trying to find evidence of his innocence. Written by Snow Leopard

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The Season's Dramatic Thunderbolt! From the Play that Rocked the Nation!

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17 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Cadeira Elétrica  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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John 'Killer' Mears, Cell 4: [at the end of the prison break, walking into the guards' machine guns] I think I'll go get a little air.
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Sentimental about killers
13 September 2007 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Kindly, sympathetic, upstanding convicts who are on Death Row for no good reason that we ever learn (except that we know Dick Walters has been wrongfully convicted)are put to death by prison guards who vary from indifferent to mean, while the Warden agonizes over what good capital punishment does and the meaning of it all -- until an attempted prison break turns him into the most bloodthirsty of all.

The one-set stage play is opened up a little bit by scenes showing the crime for which Walters has been convicted and the discovery of the criminals who really committed the crime. Good performances are turned in by Preston Forster as Killer Mears, the one prisoner who shows a mean streak that may have landed him on Death Row; and by Daniel L. Haynes, who had starred in Hallelujah three years earlier, as the token black singing prisoner.

Anti-death penalties dramas haven't become more balanced or less simplistic; if anything, the thumb on the scale is even heavier in The Green Mile's recounting of the execution of angelic Michael Clarke Duncan. But today more realistic depictions of prison life and prisoners abound in cable television documentaries, and the misplaced sentimentality of The Last Mile toward its misunderstood convicts isn't easily swallowed. It does, however, have Killer Mears' bravado line at the end of the prison break: "I think I'll go get a little air."


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