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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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MEN without WOMEN...MEN without HOPE! smash their lives to pieces against their STEEL CHAINS! See more »

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Although the film was never considered for any film awards, it received overwhelmingly positive reviews from film critics and audiences alike. 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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Prisoner: Get a load of that outfit!
Policeman: Hey, Steve, they're going to the boiler room.
[to Tommy]
Policeman: Not you. You're working here.
[sends him to the Ice Room]
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Somebody Loves Me
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
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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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