Castle on the Hudson (1940)

76-78 mins | Drama | 17 February 1940

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HISTORY

Pre-release titles of the film were City of Lost Men and Years Without Days. An earlier film adaptation of Lewis E. Lawes' novel was made by Warner Bros. in 1932 under the title 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (see entry). According to modern sources, extensive footage from 20,000 Years in Sing Sing was used in this film. Sets were designed to match the originals so that medium as well as long shots could be used. ...

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Pre-release titles of the film were City of Lost Men and Years Without Days. An earlier film adaptation of Lewis E. Lawes' novel was made by Warner Bros. in 1932 under the title 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (see entry). According to modern sources, extensive footage from 20,000 Years in Sing Sing was used in this film. Sets were designed to match the originals so that medium as well as long shots could be used.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Feb 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
8 Mar 1940
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 1939
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1939
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1939
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 1939
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
27 Feb 1940
p. 9
Motion Picture Herald
28 Oct 1939
p. 60
Motion Picture Herald
2 Mar 1940
p. 34
New York Times
4 Mar 1940
p. 11
Variety
28 Feb 1940
p. 16
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Ed Gargan
William Telaak
DeWolfe Hopper
Sugar Willie Keeler
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production; An Anatole Litvak Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
In charge of prod
WRITERS
Courtney Terrett
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing by Lewis E. Lawes (Garden City, NY, 1932).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
City of Lost Men
Years Without Days
Release Date:
17 February 1940
Production Date:
began 10 Jul 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
17 February 1940
LP9423
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76-78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5575
SYNOPSIS

Tommy Gordon, a tough young crook, is sent to Sing Sing Prison for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. When Tommy's lawyer, Ed Crowley, a corrupt ward boss, tries to make a deal with Warden Long to give Tommy special attention, Long burns the bribe and informs Crowley that prison is a democracy--no inmate is better than any other. Tommy resents the prison routine, but the understanding Long finally makes an impression on him. Steve Rockford, a well-educated convict, plans a prison break which the newly reformed Tommy refuses to join. A guard and a convict are killed in the unsuccessful prison break after which Steve commits suicide. Meanwhile in New York, Tommy's girl friend, Kay Manners, who has kept after Crowley to work for Tommy's release, is injured when she jumps from a car to escape his advances. Long allows Tommy to visit Kay on the promise that he will return to prison. At Kay's apartment, Tommy and Crowley exchange blows and Tommy is knocked unconscious. Crowley is about to kill Tommy when Kay shoots and kills Crowley instead. Tommy escapes and is about to leave the country on a boat when he learns that Long is about to be fired for allowing him to leave prison. To save his friend's reputation, Tommy returns and surrenders. Tommy is sentenced to the electric chair for Crowley's murder. Kay tries to convince Long that she is the actual murderer, but Tommy will not back up her story. When Kay visits him in prison, Tommy tells her that even if her confession was believed, they still would never be together. ...

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Tommy Gordon, a tough young crook, is sent to Sing Sing Prison for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. When Tommy's lawyer, Ed Crowley, a corrupt ward boss, tries to make a deal with Warden Long to give Tommy special attention, Long burns the bribe and informs Crowley that prison is a democracy--no inmate is better than any other. Tommy resents the prison routine, but the understanding Long finally makes an impression on him. Steve Rockford, a well-educated convict, plans a prison break which the newly reformed Tommy refuses to join. A guard and a convict are killed in the unsuccessful prison break after which Steve commits suicide. Meanwhile in New York, Tommy's girl friend, Kay Manners, who has kept after Crowley to work for Tommy's release, is injured when she jumps from a car to escape his advances. Long allows Tommy to visit Kay on the promise that he will return to prison. At Kay's apartment, Tommy and Crowley exchange blows and Tommy is knocked unconscious. Crowley is about to kill Tommy when Kay shoots and kills Crowley instead. Tommy escapes and is about to leave the country on a boat when he learns that Long is about to be fired for allowing him to leave prison. To save his friend's reputation, Tommy returns and surrenders. Tommy is sentenced to the electric chair for Crowley's murder. Kay tries to convince Long that she is the actual murderer, but Tommy will not back up her story. When Kay visits him in prison, Tommy tells her that even if her confession was believed, they still would never be together. When Kay asks him to marry her before he dies, Tommy advises her to marry a swell guy, not someone like him, and goes to his death happy in the knowledge that he has done something decent in saving Kay from a prison sentence.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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