I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang


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.

By: NF


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

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