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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 December 1932 (USA)
Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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This marks the only time Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis would ever appear together in a movie though Davis would state in the Whitney Stine biography, Mother Goddam, "One of my great dreams in later years was that we could find a really great script to do together. Spencer and I were both born on April 5. What a marvelous actor he was." See more »

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Tommy Connors: I'd give a million bucks to be alone with you for a little while honey. Do you love me?
Fay Wilson: Yeah.
Tommy Connors: Well don't come up here dolled up like that anymore.
Fay Wilson: Why, Tommy?
Tommy Connors: What's the matter with you? Do you want me to go crazy? You have me foaming at the mouth like a cream puff.
Fay Wilson: On, I'm sorry, Tommy, I never thought about that. I just want to look nice for you.
Tommy Connors: That's alright. But, you know you don't have to come up here looking too hot!
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Spirit of Independence
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Tragedy.
18 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie may have been released decades ago but its theme resonates today. Although the story is presented in a stagy and melodramatic manner, that in no way negates its power as a tragedy. The movie depicts the wasting of human potential. It's about pent up anger that distorts one's conduct. It's about the institutionalization and dehumanization of the individual. The social message is clear: anyone who winds up in prison is doomed. The principal character, Tommy O'Connor, played by Spencer Tracy, symbolizes all the troubled, angry, alienated and damaged people for whom the only solution is incarceration. Betty Davis plays his loyal girlfriend. Yet, as the movie so aptly shows, even someone deemed incorrigible is capable of acting responsibly and even honorably if treated with compassion. Tracy gives a convincing performance as a cynical and hard-bitten gangster who redeems himself, but at a high cost. To find out what that high cost entails, watch the movie.


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