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Murder in the Big House (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 11 April 1942 (USA)
When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy. His investigation reveals that the condemned man was about to reveal some... See full summary »

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writers:

Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay), Jerome Chodorov (based on an idea by) (as Jerry Chodorov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Bert Bell
Faye Emerson ... Gladys Wayne
George Meeker ... 'Scoop' Conner
Frank Wilcox ... Randall
Tod Andrews ... 'Dapper Dan' Malloy (as Michael Ames)
Roland Drew ... 'Mile-Away' Gordon
Ruth Ford Ruth Ford ... Irene Gordon
Joseph Crehan ... Jim F. Ainslee
William Gould ... Warden John Bevins
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Bill Burgen
John Maxwell ... Prison Doctor
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Chief Electrician (as Pat McVeigh)
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Death House Guard
Fred Kelsey ... Death House Keeper
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Mike - Henchman (as Bill Phillips)
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Storyline

When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy. His investigation reveals that the condemned man was about to reveal some damaging information about the connection between the city's corrupt political machine and its major organized crime ring. The reporter hatches a plan, with the help of the paper's alcoholic political columnist, to get himself thrown in prison to get the information the murdered prisoner was going to reveal and expose both the crooked politicians and the gangsters they're in cahoots with. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born for Trouble See more »

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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

Following Van Johnson's rise to become the 1945 top box-office leading man, the film was re-released to theaters in late 1945 and early 1946 under the title BORN FOR TROUBLE. See more »

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Referenced in Returning the Favor: Standing with Coal Country (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (You Rascal You)
(1931)
Music and Lyrics by Spo-De-Odee
Title spoken by Ray Montgomery
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If Wishes Were Horses
18 July 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

If "The Front Page" had been written by the boys at Warner Brothers instead of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur; and if Howard Hawks going over it with his script girl and converting it into "His Girl Friday" had been Briny Foy's boys and girls in the B unit at Warner Brothers; and if it had starred Faye Emerson and Van Johnson in his debut as a leading man, instead of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, it might have turned out pretty much like this movie, a decent locked room mystery with great visuals by cinematographer Ted McCord.

Unfortunately for this movie, none of that stuff is true and this might be worth a look to see Miss Emerson in a role with some snap in it. Alas, that's for the guys like me who will look at dental x-rays. Go look at the Hawks version again.


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