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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)
Other crew
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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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
No Cheers for This Warners Short, 23 June 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

This Warners short, which I presume ran on the same bill as Mervyn LeRoy's "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang," is a mostly tired and unfunny film. It reminded me of just about every "Saturday Night Live" skit ever made, in which all of the actors think the material is funnier than the people watching it, and push a one-note joke to the brink of exhaustion.

It is sort of fun to watch this after LeRoy's movie, because it spoofs specific details from the movie rather than its premise in general. Replacing the jailers' pack of bloodhounds with a bunch of fluffy white poodles was sort of funny, and I also liked the bellboy whose uniform was made of prison stripes.

There are a lot of musical numbers incorporated into the action, performed by people I'd never heard of. The whole thing feels very patchwork and grade Z, with terrible sound and only the most cursory attention given to the actual film-making.

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