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Edward G. Robinson,
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Alfred E. Green
Edward G. Robinson,
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John Ingram of Oklahoma has a loving family, loves his work fighting oil fires, and is good at it. But 9 years ago, under another name he escaped from a Southern chain gang. Enter William Ramey, a "friend" from John's past, who gradually works up to a blackmail attempt under a promise to get Ingram cleared...but instead has him sent back to the old chain gang. Though determined to tough it out this time, circumstances compel Ingram to attempt another escape... Written by
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When John returns home after escaping, he pulls down the shade on the window over the kitchen sink, but leaves it a few inches above the windowsill, then embraces his wife. In the next close-up of the embrace the shade is fully closed down to the sill. See more »
Entertaining, if a little overly long "I was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" wannabe.
Edgar G. Robinson is interesting as a wrongfully accused thief and chain-gang escapee who has made good in the world as an oil-well boss. Gene Lockhart makes for a slimy villain who cons Ingram into returning to hard labor and usurps his position.
This film does a good job of showing the corrosive power of a wish for revenge. Ingram sustains himself through a return to the chain gang by coming up with a plan to kill his nemesis. A climactic scene in which Ingram tries to act out his wrath, by tossing Lockhart into the bowels of a raging well inferno, is gripping.
Not as powerful as the Paul Muni classic, but definitely worth a watch!
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