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Road Gang (1936)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  28 March 1936 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Woods ...
James 'Jim' Larrabie
Kay Linaker ...
Barbara Winston
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Robert 'Bob' Gordon
Joseph Crehan ...
Harry Shields (editor)
Henry O'Neill ...
George Winston
Joe King ...
J.W. Moett (changed from Metcalfe) (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Warden Parmenter
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Mine Warden Grayson
Olin Howland ...
Doctor
William B. Davidson ...
Atty. Gen. Marsden (as William Davidson)
Harry Cording ...
Sam Dawson (guard with whip)
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Pete (friendly convict)
Eddie Shubert ...
Buck Draper
Edward Van Sloan ...
Mr. Dudley (lawyer) (as Ed Van Sloan)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
Jake (motorcycle cop) (as Ben Hendricks)
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They're Fugitives From a ROAD GANG ... and They'll Never Go Back Alive!

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Condenados ao Inferno  »

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The character played by Joe King is shown in the opening credits as Moett. On the TCM print every time this character is mentioned it's clear the actors are saying Metcalf even though the sound drops out as if being censored. See more »

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Robert 'Bob' Gordon: It's funny... darkies can always find something to sing about.
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Lullaby of Broadway
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Hummed by Donald Woods and Carlyle Moore Jr.
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One of the best B-movies I can recall having seen.
26 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was made by the B-movie unit at First National/Warner Brothers. Because it's a B, it only lasts about an hour and stars a relative unknown, Donald Woods. However, although many folks normally assume that a B-movie is synonymous with a 'bad movie', this is DEFINITELY not the case with this movie. Thanks to exceptional writing and direction, the film sure satisfies.

This film is from the social reform era in Hollywood. Many films were made by this studio which questioned the penal system--such as "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang", "Mayor of Hell", "20,000 Years in Sing Sing" and "Angels With Dirty Faces". In this same tradition is "Road Gang"--a film not just about government corruption but corruption in the chain gang system.

A crusading reporter has gotten on the wrong side of a bunch of crooked politicians. They try to bribe him to keep his mouth shut but he vows to bring down the corrupt officials. So, shortly after this meeting with the crooks, this reporter (Woods) is convicted on trumped up charges along with his friend. They are sent to a brutal chain gang--one that is run by people working for the same crooked machine. The plan is to work the two to death so that they never can have a chance to publish anything. And, when the newspaper man tries to smuggle out a story about the brutality, he's sent to an even worse place--a place where they have no intention of allowing anyone to see him again. What's next? See the film.

This film works on so many levels. The dialog is great, the plot works very well and the film really gets its point across. On top of that, it has a really good ending. This film has it all--and is better than you'd ever expect from a tiny-budgeted movie.


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