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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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Helen Pickens ...
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Jane Pickens ...
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Patti Pickens ...
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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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Included as a special feature on the DVD I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) released in 2005 by Warner Home Video. See more »

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Inmate Sing Singer: [singing] Each afternoon at three, they coma and served us tea, it's really gay. We're taught piano lessons, just how it should be played. You bet we never cease and we learn that piece, on the Sing Sing Serenade.
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Spoofs I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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The Sing Sing Serenade
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Written by Cliff Hess
Sung by the inmate cast
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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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