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20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933)

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Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include ... See full summary »

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Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include steak every day for dinner and stage shows for entertainment. After reading about this, the four escapees plead with the warden to take them back in. Or was this all a dream? Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Broadway Brevities (1932-1933 season) #25: 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang  »

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At one point the escaped prisoners come upon a group of picnickers in the forest. Initially the picnickers are sitting in pairs, young man / young woman. If you look closely, one of them looks very much like a young Bette Davis. She had just started her Warner Bros. contract that year, and had not yet done a Warner feature film, so it is not unlikely that they would have used her in shorts until they found something bigger for her to do. She started out in show business as a dancer, and the picnickers later break out into dance, so it would be natural to call upon Bette to play a role in this short. See more »

Quotes

Chain Gang Committee Member: Why, what's the matter, my man?
Inmate: How I hates that steak! Every day, every week, every month, it's steak! We ought look at a good plate a beans for a change.
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Spoofs I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Young and Healthy
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the first scene showing the pampered inmates
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So they set this musical short on a chain gang. So I can only assume the slaughterhouse and morgue refused to have them film there instead!
8 December 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Of all the ludicrous places to set a musical short, some very kooky people at Vitaphone thought it would be a great idea to have it be on a chain gang!! Yes, when I think of song and dance, I often think of chain gangs!!

When the film starts, the chain gang is singing up a storm and having an awfully good time, or so it seems. Some of these guys actually DO want to escape and they soon bolt towards freedom. Go figure...as it looked awfully amusing on the chain gang! Soon the law goes chasing after these fellows and the escapees wander upon a swell dance party...and everyone runs away when they see these guys in striped uniforms. Little do the escapees know that they SHOULD have stayed with the gang. This is because in the meantime, a committee is coming to inspect the barracks and the health of the chain gang. Because of this the boss decides to make a few 'small changes' to impress the committee. This actually is VERY funny...and you just have to see it for yourself. And what does happen to these five escapees? Just see it for yourself...you won't regret it.

This movie manages to work for one reason...it is completely ludicrous and silly. Anthing else would have been in bad taste and stupid....and while this one is very stupid, it's stupid in a GOOD way! Very cute and surprisingly funny...and a nice counterpoint to Warner's big hit from the year before, "I Was a Fugitive From a Chain Gang".


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