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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 December 1932 (USA)
Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Lewis E. Lawes (book) (as Warden Lewis E. Lawes), Wilson Mizner (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Tommy Connors
Bette Davis ... Fay Wilson
Arthur Byron ... Warden Paul Long
Lyle Talbot ... Bud Saunders
Warren Hymer ... Hype
Louis Calhern ... Joe Finn
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Storyline

Tom Connors is sentenced to Sing Sing believing his influential friends will soon have him out on parole. A trouble maker, he gets ninety days in solitary and no parole. His girlfriend Fay is injured and Warden Long lets Tom visit her on his honor to return. During a fight with mobster Joe Finn Fay shoots Finn, Tom jumps out the window and is blamed for the death. He gives himself up but is sentenced to the electric chair. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Curtiz felt strongly about the issue of prison reform and returned to champion it again and again in such movies as Front Page Woman (1935), The Walking Dead (1936) and Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). See more »

Goofs

Another film where a silencer is shown being used on a revolver. Silencers (or suppressors) do not work on revolvers because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel of the gun. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Connors: [brashly about prison] I'll kick my way outta that dump with moccasins on.
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Connections

Featured in Secret Service of the Air (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Loves Me
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played on a record in Rockliffe Fellowes' place
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Better than average prison drama.
27 April 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Can you imagine Spenser Tracy as a bad guy? Well he is not as bad as he would like to think. He plays tough guy Tommie Connors, who thinks his connections on the outside will make his prison term an easy one. Think again. A stern, but kind hearted warden and a faithful girlfriend are key figures in the plot.

This is the only time Tracy and Bette Davis shared the screen. The younger Davis was quite eye catching this early in her career. Her scenes with Tracy seemed magical and romantic. Also in this jailhouse drama are Lyle Talbot, Louis Calhern and Grant Mitchell. The famed Michael Curtiz directed. The title doesn't make sense until the final moment before the credits.


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