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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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In the Bette Davis biography, Fasten Your Seat Belts by Lawrence J. Quirk, Louis Calhern described Michael Curtiz, "Mike was a fine director for this kind of hurly-burly action stuff, but he was a difficult and temperamental man to work with. I know Bette found him a pain in the neck, and for that matter, so did Tracy. Of course he didn't dare treat Tracy disrespectfully - at least not beyond a point - or Tracy would have hauled off and hit him. Not that Bette was timid either - she'd scream back at him and snarl and even spit at him if he went too far. I suspect Mike sort of enjoyed egging her on." 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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Referenced in Speaking of the Weather (1937) See more »

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Banking on the Weather
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played when Morris meets with Finn in the speakeasy
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Better than average prison drama.
27 April 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Can you imagine Spenser Tracy as a bad guy? Well he is not as bad as he would like to think. He plays tough guy Tommie Connors, who thinks his connections on the outside will make his prison term an easy one. Think again. A stern, but kind hearted warden and a faithful girlfriend are key figures in the plot.

This is the only time Tracy and Bette Davis shared the screen. The younger Davis was quite eye catching this early in her career. Her scenes with Tracy seemed magical and romantic. Also in this jailhouse drama are Lyle Talbot, Louis Calhern and Grant Mitchell. The famed Michael Curtiz directed. The title doesn't make sense until the final moment before the credits.


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