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6,000 Enemies (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 9 June 1939 (USA)
A tough prosecutor who has sent dozens of criminals to prison finds himself framed on a bribery charge and winds up in prison himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Silenus
Warden Parkhurst
Phil Donegan
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Dan Barrett
Adrian Morris ...
'Bull' Snyder
Maxie (as Guinn Williams)
'Wibbie' Yern
Lionel Royce ...
'Dutch' Myers


A tough prosecutor who has sent dozens of criminals to prison finds himself framed on a bribery charge and winds up in prison himself.

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Six Thousand Enemies  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In at least one location, this film was released on a bill with the first Barney Bear cartoon, "The Bear That Couldn't Sleep" (1939) See more »


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
In the score during the election montage
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Mr. Clean goes to prison...
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM'S 6000 ENEMIES (1939) bears a passing resemblance to Warner Brothers EACH DAWN I DIE (1939) without the star power of James Cagney and George Raft. Stalwart crime fighting citizen is unjustly framed and put behind bars. Proves himself to the "Cons", gets the goods on the guilty and brings them to justice, wins the girl, fade out. Oh, forgives the society that imprisoned him destroyed his career that leads to the death of his brother. Does not even give a thought to filing a lawsuit. Did I mention that this is also a fantasy.

The most interesting thing about this film is seeing the way MGM handles such a subject. Or how differently they handled it nine (9) years earlier. THE BIG HOUSE (1930) is a gritty, realistic and tough depiction of prison life. THE BIG HOUSE is a dirty and very unpleasant place to be in. The inhabitants of this prison are scum with little or no saving graces. They will turn on you with the least provocation and on the flimsiest of motives.

By the time of 6000 ENEMIES things had changed. The 1934 Production Code was being enforced and at MGM Irving Thalberg was gone and with him the driving force of creativity and risk. L. B. Mayer preferred every picture to be as clean and sanitized as Dr. Kildare's instruments. No studio embraced 'The Code' more then MGM. If you were looking to stretch the envelope it better be at another studio and this film is a perfect example of that. Even the dirt looks clean and as for the gangsters you get the feeling all they need is career counseling. Even when they brought in a hi-powered actor like Edward G. Robinson (for other films) who knew how to play gangsters the results were still tepid. So there is little that Walter Pidgeon could do but fulfill his contract in a pedestrian role. Thankfully for him better days were ahead.

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