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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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Taglines:

THROWING THE SWITCH ON A MILLION VOLTS OF MAD HUMAN PASSION! (Print Ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 19 January 1933) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

According to Curtiz biographer Alan K. Rode, Warren Hymer consistently showed up late, drunk and unable to work, threatening to push the film behind schedule. Spencer Tracy finally told him to shape up or he (Tracy) would quit the picture--and Hymer would get the blame. Hymer met him half-way: he stayed sober for the rest of the shoot, but still often arrived late. This may explain why there are long stretches where he's absent--presumably those scenes were either not filmed or his lines were given to another actor. See more »

Goofs

When the warden's letter of resignation is shown, it's addressed to "The Honorable Governor Strang" in Albany. The letter is dated June 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt (soon to be elected President) was Governor from 1929-1933. See more »

Quotes

Conductor: Ossining, Ossining...
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Version of Castle on the Hudson (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Loves Me
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
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Betty Davis looked Fantastic
30 August 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Lived in Ossing, New York for a few years and lived only a few blocks from Sing Sing, I found this film to be quite interesting and very realistic. The photography inside and outside the prison showed just what Sing Sing was like in the early 30's. Betty Davis (Fay Wilson,) "Hell's House",'32, looked like a knock out in those days, as a very sexy looking blond that caused Spencer Tracy(Tom Connors),"Bottoms Up",34, to say to her that, '"She was So Hot", she drove him Crazy with Desire". Tom Connors was a big shot crook who thought he could control Sing Sing and make it an apartment suite. Louis Calhern, (Finny),"Duck Soup",'33, was a crooked lawyer for Tom Connors and also decided to hit on sexy Fay Wilson, while his client was working in Sing Sing on the Rock Pile. Great film classic, with great veteran actors and Betty Davis looking her very best.


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