After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.
Ex-Army officer Jameson takes a job a prison guard at San Quentin. Joe, the brother of his new girlfriend May, is sentenced to the prison for robbery. When Jameson tries to separate lawbreakers from hardened criminals, badguy Hansen tries to stir up trouble by telling Joe about Jameson's interest in his sister. Written by
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 identifies Emmett Vogan as a Lieutenant and Gordon Oliver as a Captain. It's very apparent from their quite visible insignia in the scene in which they are both featured that the older Vogan is the Captain, and the younger Oliver is the Lieutenant. See more »
Shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving up the row of men to the left during their lineup at the beginning of the film. See more »
depression era film about the conditions of society that breed violence
Film is a social commentary on the depression era focusing on the inmates of San Quentin. The guards of the prison and the inmates are trapped by the walls and bars of the prison, representing the futility and hopelessness of 1930's America. Even if the prisoners escape, jobs cannot be found. Humphrey Bogart stars as Red an inmate in San Quentin who realizes the futility too late.
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