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Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 February 1940 (USA)
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Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that ... See full summary »

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Kay
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Steven Rockford
Henry O'Neill ...
District Attorney
Jerome Cowan ...
Ed Crowley
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Mike Cagle
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Chaplain
Margot Stevenson ...
Ann Rockford
Willard Robertson ...
Ragan
Edward Pawley ...
Black Jack
Billy Wayne ...
Pete
Nedda Harrigan ...
Mrs. Long
Wade Boteler ...
Principal Keeper
Barbara Pepper ...
Goldie
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Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that his friends have deserted him, and he makes an effort to reform. When his girlfriend Kay is injured in an accident, Warden Long gives Tommy a pass to go see her. But trouble erupts when Tommy encounters the man responsible for his imprisonment. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

A partially obscured theater marquee in an opening scene of MGM's Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) is for this film. "Castle" was originally released in 1940 by Warner Bros. but re-released in 1949, so it kind of receives an advance re-release plug, albeit a quick one, in a rival studio's film. See more »

Goofs

As train pulls into station the conductor announces "Ossining." Through the window we see a building with sign - "Lord and Burnham, Irvington, New York." Irvington is four stations south of the Ossining station. See more »

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Version of 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) See more »

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Begin the Beguine
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Played as dance music at the nightclub
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23 October 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Cocky gangster (Garfield) goes to prison where he gradually reforms until given a break by the prison warden (O'Brien). Then problems ensue.

Typically gritty Warner Bros. fare from the pre-war era. Garfield shows he's in the same gangster class as Cagney and Robinson. Watch him spit out dialog faster than a machine gun burst while doing a tough-guy routine. And who better to double-cross him than that slippery lounge lizard Jerome Cowan who could machine gun his own dialog as a reporter in dozens of period films.

But the real scene stealer is scrawny, athletic Burgess Meredith, a brainy con who outwits the prison head-doctor (Grant Mitchell) in the movie's best scene. He may be the least-likely looking con I've seen; still, he and Garfield make a dynamic leadership team (as long as it's not Saturday!). On the other hand, goofy Big Boy Williams strikes me as a matter of taste.

It's a compelling, if not original, plot that redeems Garfield without whitewashing him. Still, I'm not sure what his actual capital crime is when they lead him away, especially when the all-powerful Production Code insisted that justice be served on this side of the pearly gates. Nonetheless, his scenes with the warden (O'Brien) are nicely shaded gems of growing respect, while a lovely Sheridan is affecting as the luckless girlfriend.

As this gutsy little programmer shows, star-studded MGM may have had the gloss, but plebeian Warner's had the grit.


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