Jailbreak (1936)

60 or 65 mins | Mystery | 8 August 1936

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HISTORY

According to news items in FD , Richard Purcell replaced Lyle Talbot in the role of Slayden because Talbot was still filming The Law in Her Hands , and Mary Treen replaced Carol Hughes when she was assigned to Earthworm Tractors . The working title of the film was Murder in the Big House , which was also the title of the 1942 Warner Bros. remake, starring Van Johnson and George Meeker under the direction of B. Reeves ... More Less

According to news items in FD , Richard Purcell replaced Lyle Talbot in the role of Slayden because Talbot was still filming The Law in Her Hands , and Mary Treen replaced Carol Hughes when she was assigned to Earthworm Tractors . The working title of the film was Murder in the Big House , which was also the title of the 1942 Warner Bros. remake, starring Van Johnson and George Meeker under the direction of B. Reeves Eason. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Feb 36
p. 9.
Film Daily
6 Mar 36
p. 10.
Film Daily
8 May 36
p. 7.
Motion Picture Daily
6 May 36
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald
16 May 36
p. 36.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Mar 36
p. 29.
New York Times
6 Aug 36
p. 22.
Variety
12 Aug 36
p. 18.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Murder in the Big House
Release Date:
8 August 1936
Production Date:
began mid February 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6478
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 65
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2072
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gangster Ed Slayden asks reformed criminal Mike Eagan for help after he kills a man in a robbery. Eagan refuses, and to escape Slayden's threats, he hits a policeman, hoping to be sent to jail for thirty days, enough time for Slayden to find someone else to help him. Because this is Eagan's second offense, however, the judge sentences him to two years in prison. Eagan remains silent when reporter Ken Williams begs him to explain his actions, but Ken finally gets the true story from Jane Rogers, Eagan's secretary. Ken then tips the police, who arrest Slayden. Believing that Eagan was the informant, Slayden manages to be sent to the same prison where Eagan is serving his sentence, planning to get his revenge. Dan Stone, one of Eagan's guards, also holds him responsible for the death of his son years earlier. On visiting day, Jane tells Eagan that his nightclubs are losing money. Eagan consoles her, explaining that he has some money hidden away and plans to retire when he is released. On the day he is to be paroled, however, he is found murdered. Williams investigates the murder, his attention focusing on a book which Eagan repeatedly checked out of the prison library. Before he can find it, the librarian is knocked out and the book is stolen. Suspicion falls on Stone, until he is kidnapped by Slayden, who uses him as a hostage when he escapes from prison. Slayden heads for Jane's apartment, thinking that she knows where Eagan's money is hidden. The police find them together and are about to arrest both of ... +


Gangster Ed Slayden asks reformed criminal Mike Eagan for help after he kills a man in a robbery. Eagan refuses, and to escape Slayden's threats, he hits a policeman, hoping to be sent to jail for thirty days, enough time for Slayden to find someone else to help him. Because this is Eagan's second offense, however, the judge sentences him to two years in prison. Eagan remains silent when reporter Ken Williams begs him to explain his actions, but Ken finally gets the true story from Jane Rogers, Eagan's secretary. Ken then tips the police, who arrest Slayden. Believing that Eagan was the informant, Slayden manages to be sent to the same prison where Eagan is serving his sentence, planning to get his revenge. Dan Stone, one of Eagan's guards, also holds him responsible for the death of his son years earlier. On visiting day, Jane tells Eagan that his nightclubs are losing money. Eagan consoles her, explaining that he has some money hidden away and plans to retire when he is released. On the day he is to be paroled, however, he is found murdered. Williams investigates the murder, his attention focusing on a book which Eagan repeatedly checked out of the prison library. Before he can find it, the librarian is knocked out and the book is stolen. Suspicion falls on Stone, until he is kidnapped by Slayden, who uses him as a hostage when he escapes from prison. Slayden heads for Jane's apartment, thinking that she knows where Eagan's money is hidden. The police find them together and are about to arrest both of them when Ken reveals that the killer was another guard, Dan Varner. Eagan, grateful to Varner for saving his life, told him about the money, and the money was the motive for the murder. The mystery solved, Ken proposes to Jane, with whom he has fallen in love. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Prison


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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