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Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 February 1940 (USA)
Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screen play), Brown Holmes (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garfield ... Tommy Gordon
Ann Sheridan ... Kay
Pat O'Brien ... Warden Long
Burgess Meredith ... Steven Rockford
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney
Jerome Cowan ... Ed Crowley
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mike Cagle
John Litel ... Chaplain
Margot Stevenson ... Ann Rockford
Willard Robertson ... Ragan
Edward Pawley ... Black Jack
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Pete
Nedda Harrigan ... Mrs. Long
Wade Boteler ... Principal Keeper
Barbara Pepper ... Goldie
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Storyline

Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that his friends have deserted him, and he makes an effort to reform. When his girlfriend Kay is injured in an accident, Warden Long gives Tommy a pass to go see her. But trouble erupts when Tommy encounters the man responsible for his imprisonment. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Años sin días See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A partially obscured theater marquee in an opening scene of MGM's Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) is for this film. "Castle" was originally released in 1940 by Warner Bros. but re-released in 1949, so it kind of receives an advance re-release plug, albeit a quick one, in a rival studio's film. See more »

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As train pulls into station the conductor announces "Ossining." Through the window we see a building with sign - "Lord and Burnham, Irvington, New York." Irvington is four stations south of the Ossining station. See more »

Quotes

Steven Rockford: Come over to the cell and see me sometime, Doctor. We'll discuss the phsyo-pathic neurosis of the sub-normal stride, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
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Connections

Edited from 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

You Go to My Head
(uncredited)
Music by J. Fred Coots
Played at the nightclub after Tommy and Kay finish dancing
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Better than the original
25 January 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Except for some opening scenes that show the crime that John Garfield is sent to prison for, Castle on the Hudson is a virtual word for word remake of 20,000 Years in Sing Sing.

But it's better cast. John Garfield does far better here than Spencer Tracy did in the original. In fact this was the second remake that Garfield did that improved on the original. He was also better in They Made Me a Criminal than Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in The Life of Jimmy Dolan.

Also a big improvement is Burgess Meredith over Lyle Talbot as the stir crazy convict whose escape attempt is a flop.

Still though there is that nutty premise of warden Pat O'Brien giving a one day furlough to Garfield where he gets in trouble. Same as the original film, it just doesn't ring true.

Or should I say any more true.


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