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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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(screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews), (original story)
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Red Manson
Pat Moriarity ...
Prison Warden - Pat
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Johnny Gates
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Captain of Guards Ed Samson
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Convict 'Dad' Schultz
Charley Foy ...
Convict Bitsy
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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
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Prison Guard Benson
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Prison Guard Harris
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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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A MAN OF MERCY CHALLENGES MEN OF MURDER! 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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Fascinating anecdote.
8 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A great film. Remember the part where Father Joe looks at the envelope. It is addressed to 6948 Woodman Ave. Miltown PA. There is a Milltown PA but not a Miltown PA. But what is really fascinating is that 6948 Woodman Ave. is the Van Nys address of Ann Dvorak, with whom he made Gangs of new York a year earlier. I ponder what this suggests?

Barton MacLane crackles, the under-rated Pat Moriarty is believable and not stereotyped as an overly hostile warden, of which there are many in film. There is a brilliant cast of characters. George Cleveland provides some levity.

A powerful film, flawless acting, with excellent pace and balance. One of the great prison films, of which there were many.


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