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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  24 December 1932 (USA)
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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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 »

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Tommy Connors: Come on and I'll show ya how tough I am.
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Featured in Secret Service of the Air (1939) 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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Decent prison drama
1 December 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A decent prison drama.

Starts well enough: a hard-bitten criminal slowly fits into prison life. You see his transformation and think of all the possibilities for the plot beyond that.

However, the direction the plot then takes is a tad implausible, idealistic and trite. Turns out its all about honour. Not necessarily a bad theme, but is handled fairly clumsily here.

Ending just seemed unnecessary. No, I'm not saying all endings should be a happy, typically-Hollywood, one, but this just seems...contrived.

Solid performances by Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis and Arthur Byron.


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