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Prison Break (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 July 1938 (USA)
Joaquin Shannon arrives home from a cruise on his fishing boat. His first mate, Charles Nelson, is to marry Shannon's sister the next day. Nelson gets drunk and Shannon finds him near the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Norton S. Parker (screenplay), Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... Joaquin Shannon
Glenda Farrell ... Jean Fenderson
Paul Hurst ... Soapy
Constance Moore ... Maria Shannon
Edward Pawley ... Joe Fenderson
Edmund MacDonald ... Chris Nelson
Ward Bond ... Big Red Kincaid
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Warden
Victor Kilian ... Fenderson
Frank Darien ... Cappy
George Cleveland ... Ding
Johnny Russell ... Jackie (as John Russell)
Thomas Louden Thomas Louden ... The Priest
Paul Everton ... Judge at Joaquin's Trial
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Joaquin Shannon arrives home from a cruise on his fishing boat. His first mate, Charles Nelson, is to marry Shannon's sister the next day. Nelson gets drunk and Shannon finds him near the unconscious body of a man that he, Shannon, had been fighting with previously. The man dies and Shannon takes the blame and goes to prison. There he gets into trouble instigated by "Big Red" Kincaid and is denied a parole. He stops a prison break and get a parole. Not able to get work, he takes a job with a former convict on a fishing boat. Kincaid, who has shot a guard and escaped and vowing vengeance on Shannon, shows up. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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an old movie with an important story to tell
2 January 2008 | by spj-4See all my reviews

I found this movie well made considering the era it was made in, probably on a shoestring budget. It does a very good job of conveying the difficulties anyone with a criminal record or down on their luck, justly or otherwise has, in staying out of trouble.

The lead character is portrayed with credibility & it is easy to understand the complex situations he becomes involved in, encouraging empathy from unbiased viewers observing his plight. In fact, he has a greater integrity surely, than a great many who always steer the favourable side of shady deals. And amongst it all, he finds himself up against other inmates, prison officers & prospective employers, to mention just a few. He is supported & consoled only by his sympathetic romantic interest. The settings & bureaucratic nightmare he finds himself in, in & outside of prison, are sadly all too applicable to the more modern world scenarios about us, as back in the era of this movie made in the aftermath of the tough realities of the Depression years.

But this "Prison Break" succeeds in being entertaining as well as informative & insightful. It is well worth a view!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1938 (USA) See more »

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Trem Carr Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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