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Alfred E. Green
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
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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
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Michael Curtiz's decision to edit in documentary footage with staged shots in this film proved so effective that other producers soon began to emulate the technique. See more »
When the warden receives the telegram for Connors describing Fay's condition, the name is spelled "Conners". See more »
What are you guys trying to do? Make a monkey out of me?
Go on and sit down.
Say, I guess you don't know who I am. Maybe the warden didn't tell ya. I'm Tommy Connors.
Oh yeah? What of it?
[Tommy punches him]
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I watched this movie for the first time last night. I was blown away by the acting of Tracy and Arthur Byron (who plays the warden at Sing Sing). Byron has a commanding voice (he was a famous stage actor) and it is well used here. Director Curtiz obviously liked him because Byron gets a lot of screen time. There are a lot of reaction shots from Byron and Curtiz lets the camera linger on him - his thoughtful face fills the screen. Bette Davis is surprisingly feminine and very sexy. Her characters got edgier later in her career. Here she is very attractive and interesting to watch. The acting from the other supporting actors is not very good and the script is bad. The script simply does not make sense in places. Rockcliffe Fellowes plays Tracy's friend near the end of the picture. Fellowes was the excellent star of 1915's Regeneration (Raoul Walsh dir.)but his career nosedived in talkies. He is worth seeing. If you like pre-Code drama this is definitely worth a look.
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