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I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.23 /10
Paul Muni , Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson
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Directed by: Mervyn Le Roy
Written by: Sheridan Gibney, Brown Holmes, Robert E. Burns

Released: 1932
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 90

Prison experiences turn an innocent man (Paul Muni, pictured) into a savage criminal.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Paul Muni gives his most powerful performance in this prison movie milestone, one of Mervyn Le Roy's finest - and, shockingly, based on a true story. Drastic reforms of the US penal system followed the film's release. It can still disturb, although the supporting performances look awfully one-dimensional. Sol Polito's cinematography is outstanding.

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