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Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 February 1940 (USA)
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
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Mike Cagle
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Margot Stevenson ...
Ann Rockford
Willard Robertson ...
Ragan
Edward Pawley ...
Black Jack
Billy Wayne ...
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Nedda Harrigan ...
Mrs. Long
Wade Boteler ...
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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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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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Version of 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) See more »

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In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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Well directed prison drama.
14 April 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Anatole Litvak directs this remake of 20,000 YEARS IN SING SING. Very faithful to the original starring Spenser Tracy. Tommy Gordon (John Garfield) is a mobster with a super ego. He does not worry about his prison sentence, because he figures his connections on the outside will make his 'time in the can' easier. Enter the stern, but kind hearted warden (Pat O'Brien) and the stand by her man girlfriend (Ann Sheridan)and we have the typical players of a basic prison drama.

Garfield plays the role with more attitude than Tracy did. Also starring are Burgess Meredith, Henry O'Neill, Guinn Williams and Jerome Cowan. Hard to notice any change in script from the first version eight years earlier. Very good opener for a Litvak double header that also features CONFESSIONS of a NAZI SPY.


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