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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

  • Film

Time Out says

Muni gives a brilliant performance as a regular guy wrongly convicted of murder and subjected to the hardships and beatings of a dehumanising chain gang regime. Later, Muni escapes and makes a successful career as a civil engineer, only to be dragged back to jail some years after when his real identity is discovered. Some of the social commentary now seems a little heavy-handed, but the film still packs a hefty punch. The details of chain gang life are tough and harrowing; the scene in which the governor cites Muni's outstanding contribution to society as evidence of the character-building benefits of the chain gang system defies belief; and the downbeat ending is a killer.
Written by NF

Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mervyn LeRoy
  • Screenwriter:Howard Green, Brown Holmes
  • Cast:
    • Paul Muni
    • Glenda Farrell
    • Helen Vinson
    • Preston Foster
    • Edward Ellis
    • Allen Jenkins
    • Sally Blane
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