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Walters is the man brought into cell # 5, having been convicted of murdering his business partner in cold blood. He's innocent, but that doesn't really matter now that he's in the big house. We soon come to know all the men in the death house to some degree, and most of them are depicted in a much more favorable fashion than the prison guards. One man possesses a rich singing voice, another one drives everyone crazy with his howls and poetic tirades, one plays the macho prisoner constantly letting the guards have it while trying to buck up the spirits of the guys like Walters, etc. The audience is treated to an extended scene featuring one prisoner's walk down that last mile to the door of the execution chamber. It makes for a poignant scene, but it also highlights the issues I had with the film. The film announces its vocal anti-death penalty stance in the very first frame of the film (in the form of an introductory note), and it never wavers from the predetermined focus. The convicts are all basically nice guys who are scared and nervous about their imminent deaths, while the prisoners are brutes who like nothing more than to rub the coming executions' in the noses of the condemned.Read more ›
Starring Preston Foster, George E. Stone, Paul Fix, Francis McDonald and Edward Van Sloan as The Rabbi.
A group of saintly convicts--the innocent youth, the melodic black man, the Mediterranean type, the oppressed Jew and a couple of regular White guys sit on Death Row and make speeches against Capital Punishment while the guards are generally unsympathetic. Finally one of them---Killer Mears---starts a revolt and, taking hostages, threatens to kill them one by one unless the Warden gives them all a car and a head start. When the Warden refuses, Mears begins killing the now groveling guards and so making a propaganda point against those who support Capital Punishment.
Finally the warden orders a full assault on the cell block...........and saves the state several electricity bills.
BAD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!! BAD!! BAD!!! BAD!!
NICE CONVICTED KILLERS!! NICE!! NICE!! NICE!!!
In spite of its horribly thunder footed one side nature, this filming of the great grandaddy of all anti-capital punishment drama(the play made stars of both Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable in the Killer Mears role) and prison pictures---from which all the clichés that form the genre thus sprang---is still a crackingly good crime drama made during the genre's golden age--if--since produced by an independent--a bit on the low budget side. If the film seems overly familiar, it is because it has been ripped off shamelessly for decades. Are there any movie death rows not filled with the innocent and singing darkies?? Are there any prison riots where the cons are not generally heroic??Read more ›
The film stars Preston Foster in a standout performance as the embittered Meers, a man who truly has nothing to lose.
This is a film that is disturbing in its controversial (for its time) depiction of the death penalty. The story is handled in a realistic, pre-code style, 95% of which takes place in the cell block. You really feel the tension of these men, which literally explodes at the end of the film.
Synergy Entertainment's DVD-R was transferred from a complete print that looks good, with clear picture and sound. This is one of the best movies of its type, made at a time when they knew how to make them.
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I really liked this film...i am a fan of old black and white films.Published 4 months ago by Robert Levoy
great movie for its time but you sent me two copies when i orderd1 and charged me for two!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a kid again.,.brings back memories good clean entertainmentPublished 19 months ago by Ernest L. Marion
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There is nothing to review. In watching the trailer to see if you are interested further, time is up due to the long list of credits. You have 04 seconds of the movie. Read morePublished on January 22, 2010 by Joan