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Road Gang (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 28 March 1936 (USA)
Jim Larrabie and Bob Gordon, two reporters, are sent to prison on bogus charges after exposing the corrupt practices of J.W. Moett and Dudley. The two suffer extreme cruelty due to the sadistic behavior of the warden and guards.

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Harry Shields (editor)
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George Winston
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J.W. Moett (changed from Metcalfe) (as Joseph King)
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Warden Parmenter
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Mine Warden Grayson
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Doctor
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Atty. Gen. Marsden (as William Davidson)
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Sam Dawson (guard with whip)
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Pete (friendly convict)
Eddie Shubert ...
Buck Draper
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Mr. Dudley (lawyer) (as Ed Van Sloan)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
Jake (motorcycle cop) (as Ben Hendricks)
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Jim Larrabie and Bob Gordon, two reporters, are sent to prison on bogus charges after exposing the corrupt practices of J.W. Moett and Dudley. The two suffer extreme cruelty due to the sadistic behavior of the warden and guards.

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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 »

Quotes

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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Fun "B" Picture
15 September 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Road Gang (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

"B" picture from Warner about a reporter (Donald Woods) trying to bring down a dirty politician but before he can he along with a friend and set-up and thrown into a corrupt prison system. Once there the reporter sees the abuse that prisoners are receiving so he sets out to do something about it. This here is obviously just a low-budget rip on I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG and while it's nowhere nearly as great as that film, on its own this here remains mildly entertaining. The best thing is that it barely clocks in at a hour, which means were just given a bunch of fast-paced action. The film really doesn't have too much to say as it just goes through the motions and delivers the action. A lot of credit has to go to Woods who manages to keep the viewer interested in his character and this here helps keeps us entertained in the film. The supporting cast also features Kay Linaker as the girlfriend, Carlyle Moore, Jr. as the best friend and small roles from Henry O'Neill, Joe King and Edward Van Sloan. At just over a hour there's really not too much "story" here but that's pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this. It's main purpose was to entertain and it does a good job at that. One strange thing is that there's some editing to the soundtrack because one character is being addressed by a certain name (Moett) and this character is listen in the credits under this name. However, it's clear that the other characters are calling him by a different name (Metcalf) so why the edited soundtrack appears to be a mystery.


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