20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)





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Sent to Ossining Prison (popularly known as Sing Sing), influential crook Spencer Tracy is unregenerate and refuses to adhere to the rules. Thanks to Sing Sing's compassionate warden, Tracy becomes a model prisoner. This film is based on the book by real-life Sing Sing warden Lewis E. Lawes.
Classics , Drama , Kids & Family
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Warner Bros. Pictures


Spencer Tracy
as Tommy Connors
Bette Davis
as Fay Wilson
Arthur Byron
as The Warden - Paul Long
Lyle Talbot
as Bud Saunders
A.S. Byron
as Warden Long
Grant Mitchell
as Dr. Ames
Louis Calhern
as Joe Finn
Sheila Terry
as Billie
Edward McNamara
as Chief of Guards
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Long
William LeMaire
as Black Jack
Arthur Hoyt
as Dr. Meeker
Sam Godfrey
as Reporter
Rockliffe Fellowes
as Friend Helping Tommy (uncredited)
Lucille Collins
as Girl with Friend Helping Tommy (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson
as Morris - Finn's Lawyer (uncredited)
James Donlan
as Reporter #1 (uncredited)
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Justice ain't always blind An anxious hoodlum is assigned to Sing Sing prison. He thinks he can break the system but the warden quickly reforms the hoodlum's thought process until they're eventually on the same page. When the warden discovers the hoodlum's girlfriend has been diagnosed with a terminal disease, he allows the hoodlum to visit his girlfriend. Shortly after seeing his girlfriend, crime ensues and the warden isn't so sure he made the right decision. "You're pretty smart when you wanna be." "Not too smart or I wouldn't be in here." Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood, We're No Angels, The Vagabond King, Yankee Doodle Dandee, and Doctor X, delivers 20,000 Years in Sing Sing. The storyline for this picture is just okay; however, the character development and delivery of the hoodlum and warden is magnificent. The cast delivers remarkable performances and includes Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Lyle Talbot, Arthur Byron, and Louis Calhern. "Asking for an airplane would be like sitting right down in the electric chair." I DVR'd this movie during a recent Spencer Tracy marathon. I am a moderate Spencer Tracy fan but I bigger Michael Curtiz fan. I will say Tracy and Byron played off each other perfectly in this movie and Curtiz delivers a solid pace and feel. Overall, this is an above average picture that is a solid mix of the prison and gangster genres. "Happy days are here again." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Considering the film is 80 years old, a fine production. Spencer Tracy is in high form along with a very young and pretty Bette Davis.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

I was really hoping to write a good review about 20,000 Years in Sing Sing because I'm a fan of Spencer Tracy & I love old B/W gangster or prison flicks but this movie just felt like something to watch because nothing else was on.It was not as good as I hoped

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