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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Lewis E. Lawes (book) (as Warden Lewis E. Lawes), Wilson Mizner (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Tommy Connors
Bette Davis ... Fay Wilson
Arthur Byron ... Warden Paul Long
Lyle Talbot ... Bud Saunders
Warren Hymer ... Hype
Louis Calhern ... Joe Finn
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20.000 Jahre in Sing Sing See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney was originally set for the male lead but was engaged in a contract dispute with Warner Brothers at the time. See more »

Goofs

When the warden's letter of resignation is shown, it's addressed to "The Honorable Governor Strang" in Albany. The letter is dated June 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt (soon to be elected President) was Governor from 1929-1933. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Connors: You go out and grab yourself a square guy, you see. See, a guy that works for a living that can give you a home and kids and happiness. All that kind of stuff.
Fay Wilson: I don't want anybody but you. Any.
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Connections

Referenced in 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by death row prisoners with harmonica accompaniment
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Better than average prison drama.
27 April 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Can you imagine Spenser Tracy as a bad guy? Well he is not as bad as he would like to think. He plays tough guy Tommie Connors, who thinks his connections on the outside will make his prison term an easy one. Think again. A stern, but kind hearted warden and a faithful girlfriend are key figures in the plot.

This is the only time Tracy and Bette Davis shared the screen. The younger Davis was quite eye catching this early in her career. Her scenes with Tracy seemed magical and romantic. Also in this jailhouse drama are Lyle Talbot, Louis Calhern and Grant Mitchell. The famed Michael Curtiz directed. The title doesn't make sense until the final moment before the credits.


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