Wednesday, November 11, 2020

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang -- November 11, 2020

Happy Veterans Day, everyone. In I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Paul Muni played James Allen, who was an NCO in the AEF during World War One. When he returned to his civilian life, he was unhappy with his dull office job. He wanted to become an engineer, but wound up taking jobs as an unskilled laborer. An acquaintance forced James to take part in a robbery, and James was sentenced to prison for it. He escapes from the chain gang, but is betrayed and tricked into surrendering himself. he winds up back on the chain gang. He escapes again.

If you have never seen the movie, be sure to watch until the end. 

The film was based on an autobiographical book by Robert Elliot Burns. Paul Muni consulted with Burns while preparing to play the part, 

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