From my best of the best list #10 out of 10 Academy
Award best picture nominated films that didn't win but should have: 1932's "I am
a Fugitive from a Chain Gang".
Absolutely amazing work from Actor Paul Muni. It will
send shivers down your spine and should join "The Grapes of Wrath" in its
portrayal of 1930's Depression era America. Brilliant and political changing in
its day. It joins Citizen Kane for a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes for a
nominated but didn't win champion film.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is an American
Pre-Code crime-drama film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Paul Muni as a
wrongfully convicted convict on a chain gang who escapes to Chicago.
It was released in November 10, 1932. Wikipedia
Release date: November 11, 1932 (New York City)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Music composed by: Bernhard Kaun
Screenplay: Howard J. Green, Brown Holmes
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy
Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932) is a gritty,
uncompromising, critical, and combative look at the unjust and barbaric
treatment of criminals in a southern state's prison system following World War
I. The harsh and grim melodramatic film was one of the first of Warner Bros.'
films of social conscience, reform and protest during the early 30s (at the
height of the Depression-era). The film reflected the dire effects of the Great
Depression on the common man in its story of a WWI veteran who faced
unemployment, was unjustly convicted of a petty robbery, and then twice served
and escaped from a southern chain gang as a hunted fugitive during the 1920s.
One of the film's taglines described his second escape: "Six sticks of dynamite
that blasted his way to freedom...and awoke America's conscience!"