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Murder in the Big House (1942)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  11 April 1942 (USA)
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When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy. His investigation reveals that the condemned man was about to reveal some... See full summary »

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Faye Emerson ...
Gladys Wayne
George Meeker ...
'Scoop' Conner
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Randall
Tod Andrews ...
Dapper Dan Malloy (as Michael Ames)
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'Mile-Away' Gordon
Ruth Ford ...
Mrs. Irene Gordon
Joseph Crehan ...
Jim Ainslee
William Gould ...
Warden John Bevins
Douglas Wood ...
Lawyer Bill Burgen
John Maxwell ...
Prison Doctor
Patrick McVey ...
Chief Electrician (as Pat McVeigh)
Dick Rich ...
Death-house Guard
Fred Kelsey ...
Death-house Keeper
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Mike - Henchman (as Bill Phillips)
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When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy. His investigation reveals that the condemned man was about to reveal some damaging information about the connection between the city's corrupt political machine and its major organized crime ring. The reporter hatches a plan, with the help of the paper's alcoholic political columnist, to get himself thrown in prison to get the information the murdered prisoner was going to reveal and expose both the crooked politicians and the gangsters they're in cahoots with. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Born for Trouble  »

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I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (You Rascal You)
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Music and Lyrics by Spo-De-Odee
Title spoken by Ray Montgomery
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If Wishes Were Horses
18 July 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If "The Front Page" had been written by the boys at Warner Brothers instead of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur; and if Howard Hawks going over it with his script girl and converting it into "His Girl Friday" had been Briny Foy's boys and girls in the B unit at Warner Brothers; and if it had starred Faye Emerson and Van Johnson in his debut as a leading man, instead of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, it might have turned out pretty much like this movie, a decent locked room mystery with great visuals by cinematographer Ted McCord.

Unfortunately for this movie, none of that stuff is true and this might be worth a look to see Miss Emerson in a role with some snap in it. Alas, that's for the guys like me who will look at dental x-rays. Go look at the Hawks version again.


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