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Cyrus Wood (story) and
A. Dorian Otvos (story)
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12 August 1933 (USA) See more »
Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jerry Bergen ... Jerry
The Rollickers ... The Rollickers
Novia ... Jerry's Wife
The Pickens Sisters ... The Pickens Sisters
Helen Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
Jane Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
Patti Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
The Vitaphone Boys and Girls ... Picnickers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Baskett ... Vocalist (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Mack 
Writing credits
Cyrus Wood (story) and
A. Dorian Otvos (story)

Cinematography by
Edwin B. DuPar  (as E.B. DuPar)
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Harry Crosley .... dances by

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Also Known As:
"Broadway Brevities (1932-1933 season) #25: 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang" - USA (series title)
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20 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 the 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 »
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1 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
good, 28 July 2002
Author: Steve

A wonderful and often funny look at the life in a chain gang. Worth checking out if you could find it anywhere. It was well acted, nicely directed, and pretty interesting in its humorous look at Chain Gang farm under inspection.

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