I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang ★★★★½

James Allen, played by my main 1930s bro Paul Muni, is home from war and just wants to use his engineering experience to build some dang bridges. Struggling to find gainful employment, down and out, he takes up an offer for a free burger and through no fault of his own is falsely accused of robbery in the chain gang obsessed state of 1930s Georgia - not sure why the restaurant owner couldn't of cleared that one up but here we are. What follows is a pre-code tension filled melodrama of exciting escapes, risque ankle exposing, pulling ones self up by the bootstraps only to be brought down by a conniving blackmailing missus, pompous dumbass letter writing priest brother and a broken system full of sniveling face punchable beaucrates and broken promises. It’s a tough, unyielding look at trapped people in faceless, unmerciful system with a hard on for punishment and little time for reform. Riveting and unrelenting from the start to the crushing final line.

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