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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

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Paul Muni Paul Muni
James Allen
Helen Vinson Helen Vinson
Helen
Noel Francis Noel Francis
Linda
Allen Jenkins Allen Jenkins
Barney Sykes
Berton Churchill Berton Churchill
The Judge
Edward Ellis Edward Ellis
Bomber Wells


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Sheridan Gibney Sheridan Gibney
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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.
Release date: 19 November 1932
UPC: 012569701021
Tags: Crime (7), Prison (6), Drama (5), 1930s (4), 1932 (4), Film-noir (4), Usa (3), Film Noir (3), True Story (3), Letter (3), Hamburger (3), Bw (2), Car Chase (2), Blackmail (2), Social Commentary (2), Prison Escape (2), Paycheck (2), Punishment (2), Warner Bros. (2), Escaped Prisoner (2)
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