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We Who Are About to Die (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 8 January 1937 (USA)
After he quits his job as an aircraft engineer in New Mexico after an argument with his boss, John Thompson decides to take his girlfriend and move to California. On his way to pick up his ... See full summary »

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Steven Mathews
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Miss Connie Stewart
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John E. 'Johnny' Thompson
Ray Mayer ...
Bright Boy Schultz
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Slim Tolliver
Russell Hopton ...
'Mac' MacAndrews
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Nick Trotti
Paul Hurst ...
Tip Fuller
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Clyde Beasley
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Jerry Daley
Frank M. Thomas ...
M.L. Carter
Barnett Parker ...
John Barkley
Willie Fung ...
Kwong
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Joe Donahue
DeWitt Jennings ...
Mike Brannigan
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After he quits his job as an aircraft engineer in New Mexico after an argument with his boss, John Thompson decides to take his girlfriend and move to California. On his way to pick up his paycheck he is kidnapped by a criminal gang, who are planning to rob the payroll office at John's former employer. They take his car and one of them wears his coat while holding up the office. During the robbery the paymaster is killed, and a little boy is run over as the gang is escaping. They dump the car and release John, who shortly afterward is arrested and charged with robbery and murder. Despite conflicting evidence and John's protestations that he has been framed, he is convicted, sentenced to death and sent to prison, where he is put on Death Row while awaiting execution. A detective who had helped to convict John now starts to think that maybe he was innocent as he claimed, starts to go back over the evidence and doesn't like what he finds. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Reminds me of the James Cagney picture Each Dawn I Die. See more »

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Trail to Mexico (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
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Sung a cappella by Gordon Jones
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GREAT PRISON FILM, WITH GREAT CLASSIC ACTORS !
11 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Have always enjoyed prison films during the 30's and 40's, this film gave a very clear picture about Death Row in the early days. The detective work of Preston Foster(Matthews),"Law & Order", '53, who started his own DNA in the 1930's, trying to get fingerprints off of a piece of cloth and fabric fibers from a bullet shot from a man's suit jacket were new methods of crime detection. The prison guards using tear gas on inmates and the crude methods and sounds of hanging prisoners and their last meal requests made you wonder what really went on in prison's years ago. I was surprised to see a very young J. Carrol Nash (Nick),"Black Hand",'50, playing his favorite role, as a gangster. Nick tried to give his partner in crime a Mickey in his drink but it seemed to back fire on him! Max Steiner, the famous film composer of music even contributed to this film, but was uncredited. Ann Dvorak (Connie), "Blind Alley",'39, was a faithful wife to her wrongfully accused husband and almost fell in love with Preston Foster.


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