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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

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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 <>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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24 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing  »

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Warner contractee Lionel Atwill narrated the film's trailer. See more »


Tommy Connors: What are you guys trying to do? Make a monkey out of me?
Policeman: Go on and sit down.
Tommy Connors: Say, I guess you don't know who I am. Maybe the warden didn't tell ya. I'm Tommy Connors.
Policeman: Oh yeah? What of it?
[Tommy punches him]
Policeman: Why, you!
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Featured in When the Talkies Were Young (1955) See more »


Banking on the Weather
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played when Morris meets with Finn in the speakeasy
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12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A tough guy (Spencer Tracy) gets 5-30 in Sing Sing but he thinks the journey will be easy due to his connections on the outside. The Warden (Arthur Byron) eventually reforms the guy but when his girlfriend (Bette Davis) gets injured, the Warden offers the man one night outside the prison if he promises to return the following day. This Michael Curtiz directed prison drama is pretty good, although it really doesn't offer us anything new or original. The story eventually falls apart in the middle section but Tracy and Davis, in their only film together, makes it worth watching.

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