The Big House (1930)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: May 14, 1930 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 287
Not the first of the prison pictures, but the one that truly put the genre on the map. Playboy Kent (Robert Montgomery), driving drunk, kills a couple of pedestrians and is sentenced to a 10-year manslaughter term. His cellmate is forger Morgan (Chester Morris), a tough but essentially decent con; the cell-block leader is Butch (Wallace Beery), whose outer oafishness hides a cruel, calculating mind. Butch lives for the day that he can bust out and doesn't care who gets hurt along the way.
May 14, 1930 Wide
Jun 22, 1994
Warden James Adams
George F. Marion
Robert E. O'Connor
Sandy a guard
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A good early prison drama with a strong, Oscar-nominated performance of Wallace Beery as a tough murderer; Beery took over after Lon Chaney's sudden death.
Great early prison drama from the ever-inventive George Hill.
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