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We Who Are About to Die (1937)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  8 January 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Preston Foster ...
Steven Mathews
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Miss Connie Stewart
John Beal ...
John E. 'Johnny' Thompson
Ray Mayer ...
Bright Boy Schultz
Gordon Jones ...
Slim Tolliver
Russell Hopton ...
'Mac' MacAndrews
J. Carrol Naish ...
Nick Trotti
Paul Hurst ...
Tip Fuller
Frank Jenks ...
Clyde Beasley
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Jerry Daley
Frank M. Thomas ...
M.L. Carter
Barnett Parker ...
John Barkley
Willie Fung ...
Kwong
John Carroll ...
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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Trail to Mexico (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
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Sung a cappella by Gordon Jones
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Surpsingly Good Pre-Noir
5 February 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of those 1930s that feel almost like film noir. The prison scenes are very powerful, and the men-with-men aspect of prison life is highly accented. Ann Dvorak is good, as she always was. Always. The scene in which the prison chaplain says he will pay for the body of a Chinese man about to be executed to be buried with his ancestors is particularly moving.


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