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Lewis E. Lawes (1883–1947)

Lewis E. Lawes was born on September 13, 1883 in Elmira, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), San Quentin (1946) and Over the Wall (1938). He died on April 23, 1947 in Garrison, New York. See full bio »

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San Quentin
San Quentin Prologue Speaker
Over the Wall
Over the Wall Writer
Invisible Stripes


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 1940 Castle on the Hudson (from the book by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1939 Invisible Stripes (based on the book by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder (based on a play by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1938 Over the Wall (by - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
 1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (book "Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing" - as Warden Lewis E. Lawes)
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 1946 San Quentin
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 1916 The Brand of Cowardice (extras casting)

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Other Works:

Book: "Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing (Criminal Justice in America)". Published by Ray Long & Richard R. Smith. 412 pages. Reprinted 1942 by New Home Library. Other editions (including facsimiles) available. NOTES: (1) Filmed as 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), Invisible Stripes (1939), Castle on the Hudson (1940). (2) Lawes was... See more »

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Warden Lewis E. Lawes

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At the urging of New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith, Lawes accepted the wardenship of Sing Sing Prison in 1920 on the condition that it not be a political appointment and he had complete oversight of the institution. A staunch believer in prison reform and rehabilitation, he remained warden there until 1941. Lawes consistently donated the income from his books, films and popular radio shows to ... See more »

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