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 »
A routine exposé of political corruption and dehumanizing prison conditions.
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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?