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Men Without Souls (1940)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 20 May 1940 (USA)
Johnny Adams arrives in a brutal prison under an assumed name after deliberately framing himself in order to kill White, a captain of the guards, because he had beaten Johnny's father to ... See full summary »

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Reverend Thomas Storm
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Suzan Leonard
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Johnny Adams
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Warden Schafer
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Capt. White
Eddie Laughton ...
Lefty
Dick Curtis ...
Duke
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Crowley
Walter Soderling ...
Old Muck
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Johnny Adams arrives in a brutal prison under an assumed name after deliberately framing himself in order to kill White, a captain of the guards, because he had beaten Johnny's father to death. Rev. Thomas Stoner, also newly arrived, is the new prison chaplain, opposed by Schafer, the prison warden. Stoner learns of Johnny's intentions and dissuades him from following his plan, but when convict "Blackie" Drew kills White, Johnny is blamed. Written by Les Adsams {longhorn1939@suddenlink.net}

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Hombres sin alma  »

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Fink-free prison
26 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

New prison chaplain John Litel (Reverend Storm) arrives at his new post in the middle of an escape attempt and tries to win the prisoners over. He doesn't on this occasion, but that's his mission. You see, Litel is one of those people who think that people are not born evil and everyone should be given a second chance. A person's life is shaped by the tough breaks they have had as children. However, for such an understanding chaplain, he's pretty handy with his fists! Anyway, into this prison comes Glenn Ford (Johnny) intent on getting revenge on sadistic prison guard Cy Kendall (Captain White) who killed Ford's father a few years earlier in the same prison. Ford gets put into the same cell as troublesome ring-leader Barton MacLane (Blackie). Can they forge a friendship……?

This film cracks along at a good pace. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't great and there is occasional interference with the picture but it is not enough to spoil the viewing. I found it an enjoyable journey, but it's one that doesn't really allow any emotional connections. It just cracks along until it reaches the conclusion. Not bad, though. And why on earth is Rochelle Hudson 3rd billed when she only has one small scene?


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