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Filed under: Drama, Thriller — Tags: , , — checkrenespho @ 10:19 am

Genres: Drama , Thriller
Actors: Chester Morris , Wallace Beery , Lewis Stone , Robert Montgomery , Leila Hyams , George F. Marion , J.C. Nugent , Karl Dane , DeWitt Jennings , Matthew Betz , Claire McDowell , Robert Emmett O’Connor , Tom Kennedy , Tom Wilson , Eddie Foyer
Director: George W. Hill
Country: United States
Year: 1930
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 (653 votes)

After a manslaughter conviction from drunk driving, nice but foolish Kent is sent to a prison over-crowded and unable to properly deal with it’s inmates. There he meets veteran criminals like Morgan and his hardened pal Butch. And the system punishes them all, turning them against each other and bringing out the worst. Written by Ken Yousten Twenty-four year old Kent Marlowe is just beginning his ten year sentence in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Kent, not seeing himself as a “criminal” and who has the support of a loving family, is nervous and scared about his incarceration, especially in that he will be sharing a cell in the already overcrowded prison with John Morgan and Butch Schmidt – better known as Machine Gun Butch – who are serving time for robbery and murder respectively. Kent’s cell mates are renowned for being the toughest inmates in the institution, Butch who carries a knife with him where ever he goes. Kent quickly learns that the unwritten codes amongst the inmates are not to whine and don’t be a stool pigeon to the authorities. When an opportunity arises, one of the inmates manages to escape, his plan to get back at one of his cell mates who he believes double-crossed him. But on the outside, his view of life changes, which includes a possible change in allegiances to his former prison colleagues, especially his former cell mates. Written by Huggo Young Kent Marlowe, sent to prison for manslaughter, never learns the prison ‘code of honor’, planting a knife on his cellmate John Morgan, causing Morgan’s parole, due to start the next day, to be revoked. Morgan escapes, meets and falls in love with Marlowe’s sister, is recaptured and returned to prison where his ex-cellmate,tough-guy murderer Butch Schmidt, has entrusted the details of a planned breakout to the craven Marlowe.

Film Review

It was hard for me to believe that this film story was written by a female named Francis Marion who had studied prison life at San Quentin. Chester Morris plays the role as a con named John Morgan and is good friends with Butch Schmidt, (Wallace Berry) who is a hard nose prisoner with lots of power and connections among the other prison mates. Robert Montgomery, (Kent Marlowe) is a man who comes from a rich family, however, Kent is a weak minded guy or you could also call him a stool pigeon. There is a big prison break scene with all kinds of bullets flying all over the place and machine guns blasting away. Even the National Guard is call to action in one of the worst prison breaks I have ever seen. This is a great film with great actors and an outstanding Classic Film from 1930.

Big House, The (1930) ** 1/2 (out of 4) Robert Montgomery is sent to prison for manslaughter charges when he's put in the same cell as Machine Gun Butch (Wallace Berry). A breakout is eventually planned but a riot happens first. Berry rightfully so got an Oscar nomination but I found Montgomery a tad bit too dull in his role. The film is overly talky, which is the norm for its time but the action packed finale is very good. There are also one too many social messages said but this here was mostly due to the times that the film was released.

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