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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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Shots of the exterior of Sing Sing were intercut with studio recreations, according to modern sources. See more »

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Another film where a silencer is shown being used on a revolver. Silencers (or suppressors) do not work on revolvers because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel of the gun. See more »

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Fay Wilson: I'm telling the truth and that's that.
Policeman: Okay, Miss. Don't get tough. Regulation.
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Version of Castle on the Hudson (1940) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by death row prisoners with harmonica accompaniment
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Betty Davis looked Fantastic
30 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lived in Ossing, New York for a few years and lived only a few blocks from Sing Sing, I found this film to be quite interesting and very realistic. The photography inside and outside the prison showed just what Sing Sing was like in the early 30's. Betty Davis (Fay Wilson,) "Hell's House",'32, looked like a knock out in those days, as a very sexy looking blond that caused Spencer Tracy(Tom Connors),"Bottoms Up",34, to say to her that, '"She was So Hot", she drove him Crazy with Desire". Tom Connors was a big shot crook who thought he could control Sing Sing and make it an apartment suite. Louis Calhern, (Finny),"Duck Soup",'33, was a crooked lawyer for Tom Connors and also decided to hit on sexy Fay Wilson, while his client was working in Sing Sing on the Rock Pile. Great film classic, with great veteran actors and Betty Davis looking her very best.


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