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William A. Ullman Jr. (story)
George Bricker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 November 1939 (USA) See more »
Love finds its way... behind the gates of prison!
A prison trustee rescues a despondent executioner from a bar-room brawl, and is blamed for the fight by a tabloid reporter who actually started it, and loses parole, becomes embittered, and gets blamed for murder of guard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Beverly Roberts ... Joan Wright

Robert Wilcox ... Johnny Martin

Paul McVey ... Jim Henderson
Ted Osborne ... Ira Hanes (as Ted Osborn)
George Pembroke ... Ernie Matthews (as Geo. Pembroke)
Stephen Chase ... Dr. Robert Lee (as Alden Chase)

George Lynn ... Gus Barth (as Peter Lynn)

Wheeler Oakman ... Manning

Norman Budd ... The Kid

Ben Alexander ... Riley
Boyd Irwin ... Rutledge

Edward Earle ... Charlie Blake

Dave O'Brien ... Carson

Robert McKenzie ... Al Garrity (as Bob McKenzie)
Don Rowan ... Big Billy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Caits ... Joe Rizinsky (uncredited)

Richard Cramer ... Guard (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Guard (uncredited)

Robert Fiske ... Prosecuting Attorney Gerald Storm (uncredited)

Joe McGuinn ... Mike Gurney (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Wegley (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Guard (uncredited)
Bobby Sherwood ... Holmes (uncredited)
Jack C. Smith ... Mort Jarvis (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Halperin 
Writing credits
William A. Ullman Jr. (story)

George Bricker (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Judell .... producer
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh 
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound technician
Music Department
David Chudnow .... musical director

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62 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #5817)

Did You Know?

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Wednesday 13 December 1950 on WABD (Channel 5).See more »
Revealing mistakes: Actor/stuntman Dave O'Brien plays the part of a reporter without his signature hairpiece, but he is wearing it when he doubles Robert Wilcox in the bar brawl scene. Even with his hairpiece on, it is obviously O'Brien.See more »
Jim Henderson:I'm worried about Ernie.
Dr. Robert Lee:I wouldn't worry about it too much. He always puts on an act like that.
Jim Henderson:Somehow it doesn't seem like an act today. I hope nothing goes wrong.
Dr. Robert Lee:Don't you worry, warden. When the time comes, Ernie'll step right up there and throw that switch just like it's all in a day's work.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000) (TV)See more »


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