Tom Connors is sentenced to Sing Sing believing his influential friends will soon have him out on parole. A trouble maker, he gets ninety days in solitary and no parole. His girlfriend Fay is injured and Warden Long lets Tom visit her on his honor to return. During a fight with mobster Joe Finn Fay shoots Finn, Tom jumps out the window and is blamed for the death. He gives himself up but is sentenced to the electric chair. Written by
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Writer Lewis E. Lawes was still warden of Sing Sing prison during filming and allowed the crew to film inside and outside the prison, including mob scenes. See more »
The Warden - Paul Long:
Listen, Finn, I'm running this prison, and while I'm running it, I'll run it without politicians and without bribes. People on the outside are supposed to be created free and equal, but they aren't. Here they really are. One inmate's as good as another inmate, but no better. Now clear out and don't come back! When you get back to yur ward, tell those boys you were talking to about that. I don't want any of them around here any more than I want a flock of maggots! And if Connors's got any ideas ...
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A good entry in the early prison-drama cycle.Spencer Tracy is good as the cocky inmate.Arthur Byron has an unusual part as the sympathetic warden of Sing Sing.There aren't too many of them in movies.The action sequences in the movie are expertly handled by Curtiz.Bette Davis does a good job in a small part.Louis Calhern is suitably slimy.The ending is typically of the times in which it were made.
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