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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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Crime | Drama

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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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Poorly Done Social Commentary
8 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this was made early on and attempts to be an indictment of capital punishment, it is not very effective. To start with, each of the death row inmates is sympathetic. Now, that's OK for a time, but if we never get to know much about them and their psyches, it just doesn't work. Of course, we have our hero who is unjustly convicted and within minutes of his execution when a jailbreak begins. The whole thing is talky until the explosion. There are some really brutal, merciless killings when the prisoners are in control. It just shows we all want to live. The guards are really the bad guys here because they lord it over the poor inmates. Their crimes really aren't revealed. They are a contrast to Tom Hanks in "The Green Mile" where one can be a horror on earth, but, after all, you are facing the final curtain. Anyway, this just doesn't work. It's stagy and simplistic.


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