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20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933)

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Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Bergen ... Jerry
The Rollickers ... The Rollickers
Novia ... Jerry's Wife
... The Pickens Sisters
Helen Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
Jane Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
Patti Pickens ... One of the Pickens Sisters
The Vitaphone Boys and Girls ... Picnickers
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... Warden
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Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include steak every day for dinner and stage shows for entertainment. After reading about this, the four escapees plead with the warden to take them back in. Or was this all a dream? Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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12 August 1933 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1932-1933 season) #25: 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang  »

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At one point the escaped prisoners come upon a group of picnickers in the forest. Initially the picnickers are sitting in pairs, young man / young woman. If you look closely, one of them looks very much like a young Bette Davis. She had just started her Warner Bros. contract that year, and had not yet done a Warner feature film, so it is not unlikely that they would have used her in shorts until they found something bigger for her to do. She started out in show business as a dancer, and the picnickers later break out into dance, so it would be natural to call upon Bette to play a role in this short. See more »

Quotes

Inmate Sing Singer: [singing] Each afternoon at three, they coma and served us tea, it's really gay. We're taught piano lessons, just how it should be played. You bet we never cease and we learn that piece, on the Sing Sing Serenade.
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Spoofs I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Good Morning to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Sung by the inmate cast to the warden
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28 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful and often funny look at the life in a chain gang. Worth checking out if you could find it anywhere. It was well acted, nicely directed, and pretty interesting in its humorous look at Chain Gang farm under inspection.


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