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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
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Paul Muni Paul Muni
James Allen
Glenda Farrell Glenda Farrell
Marie Woods
Helen Vinson Helen Vinson
Noel Francis Noel Francis
Allen Jenkins Allen Jenkins
Barney Sykes
Berton Churchill Berton Churchill
The Judge
Edward Ellis Edward Ellis
Bomber Wells

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Robert E. Burns Robert E. Burns
Howard J. Green Howard J. Green
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Returning veteran James Allen, rejecting a return to the old factory grind, degenerates into a hobo. Innocently involved in robbery, he is railroaded onto an incredibly brutal chain gang. Finally escaping, he makes his way to Chicago, where he finds success in the construction industry...and grasping girlfriend Marie, who threatens to expose him if he doesn't marry her. When he meets and falls for Helen, things go from bad to worse.
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Tags: Crime (7), Prison (6), 1932 (5), Drama (5), Film-noir (4), 1930s (4), Film Noir (3), True Story (3), Usa (3), Letter (3), Hamburger (3), Wrongful Conviction (2), Social Commentary (2), Car Chase (2), Blackmail (2), Escaped Prisoner (2), Bw (2), Paycheck (2), Prison Escape (2), Chain Gang (2)
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"Mervyn LeRoy's acclaimed 'I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang' was based on the autobiography of Robert Elliott Burns, a man wrongly accused of robbery who was sentenced to 10 years on a brutal Southern chain gang. Burns escaped and was rearrested several times, writing his autobiography in the interim. The success of his book and the subsequent film adaptation raised public awareness of the cruelty and injustice of the chain gang system, leading to both Burns' success appeal and release and the e"

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