1930s Prison Movies

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang(1932)

1h 32min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 79 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
3.7/5 (with 84 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.

The Big House(1930)

| 1h 27min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 15 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.

Invisible Stripes(1939)

| 1h 21min | Crime, Drama
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

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

The Prisoner of Shark Island(1936)

1h 37min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 22 votes)

After healing the leg of the murderer John Wilkes Booth, responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, perpetrated on April 14, 1865, during a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, considered part of the atrocious conspiracy, is sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to the sinister Shark Island Prison.

Pardon Us(1931)

| 56min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 28 votes)

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

Each Dawn I Die(1939)

| 1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 25 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.

The Hurricane(1937)

3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

A Polynesian sailor is separated from his wife when he's unjustly imprisoned for defending himself against a colonial bully. Members of the community petition the governor for clemency but all pretense of law and order are soon shattered by an incoming tropical storm.

You Can't Get Away with Murder(1939)

1h 29min | Drama, Crime
2.7/5 (with 7 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.

San Quentin(1937)

1h 10min | Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 8 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)

| 1h 9min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 16 votes)

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

Hell's Highway(1932)

| 1h 2min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 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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The Criminal Code(1930)

1h 37min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 9 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.

20,000 Years in Sing Sing(1932)

| 1h 18min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

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

Ladies of the Big House(1931)

| 1h 17min | Drama

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

Directed by Marion Gering - With Sylvia Sidney

Hell's House(1932)

| 1h 12min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 11 votes)

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

The Chain Gang(1930)

8min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 12 votes)

Mickey Mouse and several other characters are on a prison chain gang, guarded by Pegleg Pete. They break rocks for a while, then Mickey breaks out a harmonica and everyone starts making music and/or dancing. Soon there's a jail-break, and Mickey's on the run, tracked by bloodhounds (including his future pet, Pluto, in his first appearance). He falls off a cliff and right into a jail cell.

Directed by Burt Gillett

Devil's Island(1939)

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

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

Directed by William Clemens - With Boris Karloff

To New Shores(1937)

1h 46min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

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

Prison Break(1938)

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

Story of 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.

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?


| 1h 14min | Action, Crime, Drama, Romance / Love

The story of a D.A. who becomes a prison warden and winds up overseeing the sentence of a man he prosecuted.

Laughter in Hell(1933)

1h 10min | Crime, Drama

In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

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.

Boys' Reformatory(1939)

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

A tough street kid takes the rap for a burglary committed by the son of his foster family and is sent to a boys reformatory, where the inmates are under the thumb of corrupt guards and a brutal prison doctor.

Blackwell's Island(1939)

| 1h 11min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

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

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.

Condemned Women(1938)

| 1h 17min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A shoplifter gets sentenced to a women's prison.

Road Gang(1936)

1h 1min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A crusading young reporter planning a series of articles about a corrupt politician is framed for a crime and sentenced to serve five years at a prison farm.

Directed by Louis King - With Donald Woods, Kay Linaker


57min | Drama

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

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