Based on the "real-life" autobiography of ex-con, Robert Burns - 1932's "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" is a pre-code, Depression era, convict picture that gets the royal Hollywood treatment.

This 86-year-old picture certainly makes quite a damning statement about the brutal conditions of the Georgia State penal system where regular beatings from the guards was accepted as part of everyday life for the prisoners.

Even today - This film still manages to pack a considerable-sized wallop. But, its tendency to depict the convicts as being the "good guys" and the men behind the justice system as being the "bad guys" was a bit hard to swallow at times.

Anyway - I think that this vintage crime-picture was certainly well-worth a view, in the long run.

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