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Road Gang (1936)

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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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The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Negro prisoners
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A routine exposé of political corruption and dehumanizing prison conditions.
21 January 2000 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The was one of many Warner Bros. movies of the 30's about abysmal prison conditions and social injustice due to political corruption. It's a B picture without any big stars, but easy to watch, with Donald Woods as the reporter framed by Joe King and Henry O'Neill for trying to expose their corruption. I had a hard time accepting O'Neill as a baddie since he almost always plays a congenial sort. The prison scenes were excellent, especially with Harry Cording (the guard with the whip) making a terrific heavy. I also enjoyed seeing Marc Lawrence uncharacteristically playing a friendly convict.

Since I'm interested in credits, there were two items I noted. First, Joe King's character name is listed as Moett, but the AFI Catalogue mentioned that contemporary reviews listed his name as Metcalfe. His name is altered in the soundtrack at least a dozen times, where the "calfe" is blanked out, and it is very noticeable. Why the change was made is not known. Second, when the police radio dispatcher Frank Faylen reports about jailer Tom Manning's death, he says his name is "Bill Huber." But when you see the name in the newspaper, it is "W.B. Hefflin." Our forgetful filmmakers strike again!


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