IMDb > 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933)

20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
5.5/10   136 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 58% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Cyrus Wood (story) and
A. Dorian Otvos (story)
Contact:
View company contact information for 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
12 August 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Successful absurdist mockery of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jerry Bergen ... Jerry
The Rollickers ... Themselves
Novia ... Jerry's wife
The Pickens Sisters ... Themselves
The Vitaphone Boys and Girls ... Picnickers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Baskett ... (uncredited)
Helen Pickens ... Herself (singer) (uncredited)
Jane Pickens ... Herself (singer) (uncredited)
Patti Pickens ... Herself (singer) (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... (uncredited)

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

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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Runtime:
20 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Darkness on the DeltaSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Successful absurdist mockery of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 9 July 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

This is a 20-minute long spoof of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), directed by Roy Mack and starring Jerry Bergen. It is now available on DVD as an extra on I Am a Fugitive.

Because this is also a Warner Brothers production, Mack actually begins with a shot, under the titles, from I Am a Fugitive--of the chain gang working along a curved dirt road on a hill. It segues right away to the main character's existence in the chain gang, and spoofs the scene of James Allen's (Paul Muni) escape. Bergen's character, also named Jerry, runs through the woods with three other men. Instead of bloodhounds, the prison guards run after them with poodles and a Lassie-like collie. Eventually, state officials are scheduled to visit the chain gang facility to make sure that everything is kosher. The warden implements "a few changes". The changes are very amusing, as they turn the prison into more of a resort/country club.

20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang is best watched immediately after I Am a Fugitive. Many of the funniest scenes work because of the changes they make to the original film. However, there is a hilarious original "soda song" (which I would suspect might have been spoofing an early theatrical commercial) that supplies our heroes with the straws they will need for hiding in the swamp, and later on, 20,000 Cheers becomes something of a vaudeville review.

At times, 20,000 Cheers plays a bit seriously--I didn't know anything about it when I first started watching it and thought it might have been just another chain gang film, and some of the musical performances are fairly serious. But the straighter moments are just as enjoyable, and they help emphasize the comedy. Quite often, the humor depends on gradually pulling serious material more and more towards absurdism.

The only downside to this short is that there's not more of it. It's good enough that a feature length spoof of I Am a Fugitive would have worked well.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (4 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Freeway The Chain Gang The Last Dinner Chicago The Second 100 Years
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits IMDb Short section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.