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Mutiny in the Big House (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 October 1939 (USA)
A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The prison chaplain, seeing that the new arrival is a good man who's had some bad ... See full summary »

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Red Manson
Pat Moriarity ...
Prison Warden - Pat
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Johnny Gates
William Royle ...
Captain of Guards Ed Samson
George Cleveland ...
Convict 'Dad' Schultz
Charley Foy ...
Convict Bitsy
Russell Hopton ...
Convict Frankie
Jeffrey Sayre ...
Convict Milo
Eddie Foster ...
Convict Del (as Edward Foster)
Jack Daley ...
Evans - Cell Block Guard
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Prison Guard Daniels
Wheeler Oakman ...
Prison Guard Benson
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Prison Guard Harris
Nigel De Brulier ...
Convict Mike Faleri
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A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The prison chaplain, seeing that the new arrival is a good man who's had some bad luck, sets out to help keep him out of trouble so he can serve his sentence and get out. However, his cellmate, a hardened con, sees the chaplain's interest in the young convict as something he can use in his planned jailbreak. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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'I'LL BREAK OUT OF THIS JOINT OR BE CARRIED OUT FEET FIRST!" (original poster- all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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25 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Aufstand im Zuchthaus  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 29 March 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 2 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles exactly one year later Sunday 1 May 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Kind of sappy....
23 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although Martin Mooney based this story on real events and a real priest who worked in the prison system, I couldn't help but think that this film seemed a bit too sappy and hard to believe. Maybe you'll like it more than I did--I just see it as a heavy-handed time-passer.

Dennis Moore plays a convict who was given an unusually harsh sentence for his first offense. For writing a bad check for $10, he was given 1-14 years in the penitentiary--and the priest in the institution (Charles Bickford) feels sorry for him and wants to keep this nice guy from becoming a career criminal. However, the guy is assigned to bunk with a real hard-core jerk (Baron MacLane--who made a career out of playing such roles). Can the good priest keep Moore's character on the straight and narrow or will he be manipulated by his bunkie and live a life of crime? Overall, it's not a terrible film despite its low budget. But it also is handled poorly--coming off as too saccharine to be taken very seriously.


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