6,000 Enemies (1939)

61 mins | Drama | 9 June 1939

Director:

George B. Seitz

Producer:

Lucien Hubbard

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to the George B. Seitz papers contained in the AFI library, Paul Hurst was originally selected for the role of Bull Snyder. According to a news item in HR , nineteen-year old concert pianist Dorothy Humel was to have made her motion picture debut, however, her participation in the released film has not been ... More Less

According to the George B. Seitz papers contained in the AFI library, Paul Hurst was originally selected for the role of Bull Snyder. According to a news item in HR , nineteen-year old concert pianist Dorothy Humel was to have made her motion picture debut, however, her participation in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 May 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
12 Jun 39
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 39
pp. 7-8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
26 May 39
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Apr 39
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
27 May 39
p. 32.
New York Times
9 Jun 39
p. 26.
Variety
31 May 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Asst 2nd unit dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Mont eff
STAND INS
Stand-in for Walter Pidgeon
Stand-in for Rita Johnson
Stand-in for Nat Pendleton
Stand-in for Harold Huber
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 June 1939
Production Date:
20 March-- early April 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9052
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5310
SYNOPSIS

Steve Donegan, a politically ambitious prosecuting attorney, is framed for bribery by his nemesis, crime boss Joe Silenus. Steve is sentenced to prison where he again meets all the men he has convicted in his anti-crime crusade. Prison doctor Malcolm Scott warns Warden Parkhurst that Steve will be a marked man by his six thousand enemies, but the ineffectual warden refuses to offer Steve special protection. When an inmate tries to stab Steve, Anne Barry, a woman he convicted of embezzlement, saves his life by warning the guards with her screams. As Steve suffers the abuse of his fellow prisoners, his brother Phil begins to tail Silenus, determined to prove Steve's innocence. One day, while Steve is fixing a pipe in the prison laundry, he talks to Anne and, realizing that she too, was framed by Silenus, offers to help prove her innocence. After Steve is again brutally attacked by the inmates, Dr. Scott suggests that he can win their respect by meeting prison tough guy "Socks" Martin in the boxing ring. Steve is soundly beaten by Socks, but wins the convicts' admiration through his courage. Socks then warns Steve that he is marked for death and advises him to join a planned prison break. Soon afterwards, Phil is murdered by Silenus' men outside the prison gates as he is coming to visit his brother, and the gun shots trigger the prison break. Enraged by his brother's murder, Steve plans to escape, but after the convicts take Dr. Scott hostage, Anne convinces Steve to prevent the break by pumping steam into a passageway leading to the unguarded back gate. With the evidence that ... +


Steve Donegan, a politically ambitious prosecuting attorney, is framed for bribery by his nemesis, crime boss Joe Silenus. Steve is sentenced to prison where he again meets all the men he has convicted in his anti-crime crusade. Prison doctor Malcolm Scott warns Warden Parkhurst that Steve will be a marked man by his six thousand enemies, but the ineffectual warden refuses to offer Steve special protection. When an inmate tries to stab Steve, Anne Barry, a woman he convicted of embezzlement, saves his life by warning the guards with her screams. As Steve suffers the abuse of his fellow prisoners, his brother Phil begins to tail Silenus, determined to prove Steve's innocence. One day, while Steve is fixing a pipe in the prison laundry, he talks to Anne and, realizing that she too, was framed by Silenus, offers to help prove her innocence. After Steve is again brutally attacked by the inmates, Dr. Scott suggests that he can win their respect by meeting prison tough guy "Socks" Martin in the boxing ring. Steve is soundly beaten by Socks, but wins the convicts' admiration through his courage. Socks then warns Steve that he is marked for death and advises him to join a planned prison break. Soon afterwards, Phil is murdered by Silenus' men outside the prison gates as he is coming to visit his brother, and the gun shots trigger the prison break. Enraged by his brother's murder, Steve plans to escape, but after the convicts take Dr. Scott hostage, Anne convinces Steve to prevent the break by pumping steam into a passageway leading to the unguarded back gate. With the evidence that Phil uncovered, Steve is exonerated, and he returns to his post of district attorney to clear Anne and send Silenus to the electric chair. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Prison, Crime


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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