Prison Farm (1938)

60,65 or 67 mins | Drama | 17 June 1938

Director:

Louis King

Cinematographer:

Harry Fischbeck

Editor:

Edward Dmytryk

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The synopsis in the pressbook ends with "Larry" confessing his crimes in exchange for "Jean's" release, whereupon "Roi" quits his job at the prison camp and begins a new life with "Jean." A Sep 1937 HR news item noted that Ralph Murphy and Herbert Biberman were assigned to direct this picture, but went on to other films when production was delayed until October to coincide with the season for picking cotton. The news item noted that Paramount hoped to shoot outdoor sequences of the cotton harvest. Also according to the press book, the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Crestline, CA served as the site of the prison farm. ...

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The synopsis in the pressbook ends with "Larry" confessing his crimes in exchange for "Jean's" release, whereupon "Roi" quits his job at the prison camp and begins a new life with "Jean." A Sep 1937 HR news item noted that Ralph Murphy and Herbert Biberman were assigned to direct this picture, but went on to other films when production was delayed until October to coincide with the season for picking cotton. The news item noted that Paramount hoped to shoot outdoor sequences of the cotton harvest. Also according to the press book, the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Crestline, CA served as the site of the prison farm.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Jun 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 38
pp. 48-49.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
1 Jul 38
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
28 May 38
p. 58.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jun 38
p. 50.
New York Times
15 Jul 38
p. 13.
Variety
20 Jul 38
p. 12.
CAST
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DETAILS
Release Date:
17 June 1938
Production Date:
early Apr--early May 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
17 June 1938
LP8095
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60,65 or 67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4257
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Jean Forest, a waitress at Cora Waxlay's coffee shop, agrees to marry Larry Harrison and move to Canada, unaware that he has just robbed and killed the guard of an armored payroll truck. On her way to meet Larry, Jean hitches a ride after her car runs out of gas. The driver of the car attempts to accost her, but when Larry arrives later, he threatens the driver with a gun. The driver, Sheriff Noel Haskins, arrests both of them. They are convicted and sent to Sunnygrove Prison Farm. Larry hides his stolen money in his clothing sack, realizing that prison may be his safest hiding place. Jean's constitution does not take to prison life, but she is assisted by the friendship of "Shifty" Sue. Jean and her prison mates reach the end of their endurance when they are assigned unduly long hours in the laundry. The prisoners revolt, but one of the trustees turns the steam on in the room. Shifty Sue dies as a result of this mistreatment, and Dr. Roi Conrad, the sympathetic prison doctor, advises Jean to call on a trusted friend to help her through her remaining time. In the meantime, Larry has also been overworked under his overseer, Haskins. On visiting day, Cora tells Jean about Larry's robbery and murder. Jean warns Larry that unless he turns himself in, she will reveal his secret. After Larry bribes him, Haskins follows Larry to his hiding place and demands all the money. When Larry refuses, Haskins shoots him. Before he dies, Larry confesses to the robbery and clears Jean's name, also revealing Haskins as a fraud. Roi, no ...

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Jean Forest, a waitress at Cora Waxlay's coffee shop, agrees to marry Larry Harrison and move to Canada, unaware that he has just robbed and killed the guard of an armored payroll truck. On her way to meet Larry, Jean hitches a ride after her car runs out of gas. The driver of the car attempts to accost her, but when Larry arrives later, he threatens the driver with a gun. The driver, Sheriff Noel Haskins, arrests both of them. They are convicted and sent to Sunnygrove Prison Farm. Larry hides his stolen money in his clothing sack, realizing that prison may be his safest hiding place. Jean's constitution does not take to prison life, but she is assisted by the friendship of "Shifty" Sue. Jean and her prison mates reach the end of their endurance when they are assigned unduly long hours in the laundry. The prisoners revolt, but one of the trustees turns the steam on in the room. Shifty Sue dies as a result of this mistreatment, and Dr. Roi Conrad, the sympathetic prison doctor, advises Jean to call on a trusted friend to help her through her remaining time. In the meantime, Larry has also been overworked under his overseer, Haskins. On visiting day, Cora tells Jean about Larry's robbery and murder. Jean warns Larry that unless he turns himself in, she will reveal his secret. After Larry bribes him, Haskins follows Larry to his hiding place and demands all the money. When Larry refuses, Haskins shoots him. Before he dies, Larry confesses to the robbery and clears Jean's name, also revealing Haskins as a fraud. Roi, no longer interested in being a prison doctor, leaves the prison, taking Jean and Cora with him to a better life.

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