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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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James 'Jim' Larrabie
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Barbara Winston
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Robert 'Bob' Gordon
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Harry Shields (editor)
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George Winston
Joe King ...
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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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
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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