RetroHound’s review published on Letterboxd:
A serious movie trying to expose the evils of chain gangs to the public. Paul Muni goes from WWI veteran with a desire to not be stuck in an office all day, to a hobo looking for work, to an accidental criminal given ten years hard labor. He escapes. I don't think that's spoiling anything, it's the title of the movie. :-) He becomes a respectable citizen blackmailed into marriage with a trollop. Just remember folks, the State will lie to you. Get any promise on paper!