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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 »

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In all of the newspaper headlines, and in the warden's list of death row inmates, Tommy's last name is spelled "Gordan", but in the cast credits at the end of the movie it's spelled "Gordon". See more »

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Referenced in Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) 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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Better than the original
25 January 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Except for some opening scenes that show the crime that John Garfield is sent to prison for, Castle on the Hudson is a virtual word for word remake of 20,000 Years in Sing Sing.

But it's better cast. John Garfield does far better here than Spencer Tracy did in the original. In fact this was the second remake that Garfield did that improved on the original. He was also better in They Made Me a Criminal than Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in The Life of Jimmy Dolan.

Also a big improvement is Burgess Meredith over Lyle Talbot as the stir crazy convict whose escape attempt is a flop.

Still though there is that nutty premise of warden Pat O'Brien giving a one day furlough to Garfield where he gets in trouble. Same as the original film, it just doesn't ring true.

Or should I say any more true.


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