1930s Prison Movies

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang(1932)

1h 32min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 60 votes)

A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.


| 1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 60 votes)

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.

Pardon Us(1931)

| 56min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

20,000 Years in Sing Sing(1932)

1h 18min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Each Dawn I Die(1939)

1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 17 votes)

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Blackwell's Island(1939)

| 1h 11min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A reporter gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster.

San Quentin(1937)

1h 10min | Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Ex-Army officer Jameson takes a job a prison guard at San Quentin. Joe, the brother of his new girlfriend May, is sentenced to the prison for robbery. When Jameson tries to separate lawbreakers from hardened criminals, badguy Hansen tries to stir up trouble by telling Joe about Jameson's interest in his sister.

Ladies They Talk About(1933)

3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

The Prisoner of Shark Island(1936)

1h 37min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 17 votes)

After setting the leg of John Wilkes Booth, Dr. Samuel Mudd is sent to prison as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Hurricane(1937)

3.7/5 (with 11 votes)

In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members of the community -- including the governor's wife, Mme. De Laage (Mary Astor), petition the governor for clemency, but he refuses to budge. However, all pretense of law and order are soon shattered by an incoming tropical storm.

Invisible Stripes(1939)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

A gangster is unable to go straight after returning home from prison.

Hell's Highway(1932)

1h 2min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A prison-camp convict learns that his younger brother will soon be joining him behind bars.

Directed by Rowland Brown
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Devil's Island(1939)

1h 2min | Drama, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

A French doctor sentenced for treason performs brain surgery on the prison commandant's daughter.

Directed by William Clemens - With Boris Karloff

Day of Reckoning(1933)

1h 9min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

In this brutal prison drama a hen-pecked husband is sentenced to prison after getting caught with his hand in the company till. He is sent to a high-rise facility in LA. It seems the fellow was only following the instructions of his domineering, constantly nagging wife who, as soon as he is put away, takes up with a more successful businessman. This causes her new lover's ex-lover to get insanely jealous and kill the conniving wife.


57min | Drama

Margot Rande, a basically decent woman, is led down the path to perdition by her bank robber husband.

The Criminal Code(1930)

1h 37min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

After young Robert Graham commits a murder while drunk and defending his girlfriend, he is prosecuted by ambitious Mark Brady and sentenced to 10 years. Six years later, Brady becomes the prison warden and offers the beleaguered Robert a job as his chauffeur. Robert cleans up his act, but, on the eve of his pardon, his cellmate drags him back into the world of violence, and he faces a difficult choice that could return him to prison.

To New Shores(1937)

1h 46min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party.

You Can't Get Away with Murder(1939)

1h 29min | Drama, Crime
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Johnnie learns crime from petty thug Frank Wilson. When Wilson kills a pawnbroker with a gun stolen from Johnnie's sister Madge's fiance Fred Burke, Fred goes to Sing Sing's death house. Wilson uses all the pressure can to keep Johnnie silent, even after he and Johnnie themselves wind up in the big house.

Directed by Lewis Seiler - With Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Henry Travers, Harold Huber, Harvey Stephens, John Litel, ...

The Big House(1930)

1h 27min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions.

Mutiny in the Big House(1939)

1h 23min | Drama, Crime
2.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison...

Hell's House(1932)

1h 12min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

A teenager lands in a brutal reform school for refusing to squeal on his bootlegger boss.


Penitentiary stars Walter Connolly as a D.A. who becomes a prison warden and winds up overseeing the sentence of a man he prosecuted (played by John Howard).

Prison Train(1938)

1h 4min | Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Gangsters plan an assassination of a rival while he rides the train carrying him to prison.

Directed by Gordon Wiles - With Dorothy Comingore

Hold 'Em Jail(1932)

1h 6min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team.

They All Come Out(1939)

1h 10min | Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

A down on his luck young man stumbles into a gang of robbers who all get landed in prison. Will he be reformed, or is he ensnared into a life of crime?

6,000 Enemies(1939)

3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A tough prosecutor who has sent dozens of criminals to prison finds himself framed on a bribery charge and winds up in prison himself.

Ladies of the Big House(1931)

1h 17min | Drama

A woman (Sylvia Sidney) tries to save her husband (Gene Raymond) from the electric chair after both are sent to prison for a murder they didn't commit.

Directed by Marion Gering - With Sylvia Sidney

Mary Burns, Fugitive(1935)

1h 24min | Drama

A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster.

Prison Break(1938)

1h 12min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Barton MacLane stars as a tuna fisherman who has been wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit. His exemplary behavior in prison ensures that he is up for early parole. He realizes, however, that his movements will be limited, and he will be unable to join and wed his beloved. The only solution is to escape and hunt down the real killer, himself.

The Last Mile(1932)

1h 15min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death row just before a brutal inmate leads the other convicts in a violent uprising. Walters gets caught up in the riot, while on the outside his friends are trying to find evidence of his innocence.

Directed by Samuel Bischoff - With Alan Roscoe
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