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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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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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When bail is denied, Tommy Gordon's name is misspelled "Gordan" in the newspaper, both in the headline and in the body of the article. See more »

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Edited from 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) See more »

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You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on a phonograph in Goldie's room
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Decent Remake
25 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Castle on the Hudson (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pretty much a scene-by-scene remake of the 1932 drama 20,000 YEARS IN SING SING has gangster Tommy Gordon (John Garfield) being sentenced to prison but he's not worried because he thinks his "connections" will get him out. Soon Tommy realizes that those on the outside want him to remain in prison so he thinks about escaping but the Warden (Pat O'Brien) tries to talk some sense into him. Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis were the stars of the original film, which is slightly better than this one thanks in large part to see the two legends working together. If you've seen that version then nothing here is going to come as a shock to you because I wouldn't be surprised if Warner just dusted off the previous screenplay and used it again, just changing names this time. That original film wasn't a classic so if you haven't seen it then you'll probably be caught up in the story plus we get Garfield turning in another winning performance. His character was too large of an ego and comes off as a major jerk but Garfield could always play these characters and in the end make you care about them. That's what pretty much happens here because after Tommy takes his beatings he finally comes to except prison life and how it actually is. Garfield is so believable in the part that you can't help but want to see him succeed in what he's doing no matter what he was convicted of. O'Brien plays his character countless times before in a number of Warner pictures. That heart of gold who takes in the bad and makes them see how good they could be. O'Brien and Garfield work extremely well together and they're certainly the main reason to check this film out. Ann Sheridan plays the girlfriend and isn't too bad in the part but the character is so poorly written that she becomes quite annoying due to how stupid she is. Burgess Meredith plays a fast-talking convict who tries to talk Garfield into escaping and Guinn Williams is the lovable lug head. Warner made a ton of gangster and prison pics and while this here isn't nearly the best, there are at least enough good moments to make it worth viewing but I'd still catch the original first.


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