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 ...
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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 <email@example.com>
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 »
Inmate Sing Singer:
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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During the 1930s Warner was known for their hard-hitting social dramas and I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG was one of their greatest. This two-reeler is a spoof of that film and centers on a group of chain gang workers who grow tired of the horrid conditions so they decide to escape. Soon afterwards they get word that the prison has made some terrific changes so the men decided they want to break back in. 20,000 CHEERS FROM A CHAIN GANG has a pretty good title but that's about the only good thing going for it. It wasn't rare for Warner to spoof their features in their short films so this here certainly isn't anything new but at the same time very little is done with it. There are a few funny moments scattered throughout the film including one bit where the men are being chased by the dogs but the dogs turn out to be poodles and other non-threatening breeds. Another funny moment happens when the men try to break their chains but have a few issues. With that said, there are several moments that simply aren't funny and at times the film just comes across very boring and flat. This includes the entire second half of the picture where we see all the "changes" that were made but I assure you none of them will add any entertainment value.
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