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Chain Gang (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Action, Drama | 1 November 1950 (USA)
Crusading newspaperman Cliff Roberts (Douglas Kennedy), masquerades as a prison guard and gets a job attached to the chain gang. Using a tiny camera in the shape of a cigarette lighter, he ... See full summary »

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Crusading newspaperman Cliff Roberts (Douglas Kennedy), masquerades as a prison guard and gets a job attached to the chain gang. Using a tiny camera in the shape of a cigarette lighter, he takes pictures of and documents the miserable conditions. The sadist guard captain, Captain Duncan (Emory Parnell), learns about Cliff's activities and has him beaten by the other guards. Roberts escapes to write his expose that brings about some prison reforms. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It was legal murder until a reporter and his girl dared to get the inside story!

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Don C. Harvey plays one of the callous guards who watches while a stripped-to-the-waist prisoner, tied to a post, is whipped across his bare back. Three years later, in "Prince of Pirates," Harvey plays a stripped-to-the-waist prisoner who's whipped across his bare back. See more »

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Capt. Duncan: We have ways of making you sweat here.
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Low-budget prison drama that wears its heart on its (striped) sleeve
15 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Leading man Douglas Kennedy's uncanny resemblance to tough guy Robert Ryan almost makes up for the lack of star names in this watchable B-movie. Kennedy is convincing as a crusading reporter who goes under cover as a chain-gang guard to expose the brutality of the penal system. Brandishing his high-tech (for the time) camera disguised as a cigarette lighter, he tries to conceal his bleeding heart liberal credentials secret from his oafish colleagues as he posts a series of shocking exposes.

The film's brief running time doesn't give director Lew Landers much of a chance to explore nuances of character or theme. But it's not giving anything away to say that the real villains here aren't the guys in the striped suits.

If you're a fan of this particular sub-genre of prison movies, you'll want to check out the infinitely superior Paul Muni vehicle, I Am a Fugitive From A Chain Gang.


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