The Big House
The Big House (1930)

In this film, playboy Kent, driving drunk, kills a couple of pedestrians and is sentenced to a 10-year manslaughter term. His cellmate is forger Morgan, a tough but essentially-decent con; the cell-block leader is Butch, whose outer… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 22, 1994
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

It's an outsized, abstracted version of everyday life circa 1930.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Any niggling doubts about the film disappear in the last twenty minutes.

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Emanuel Levy

A good early prison drama with a strong, Oscar-nominated performance of Wallace Beery as a tough murderer; Beery took over after Lon Chaney's sudden death.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great early prison drama from the ever-inventive George Hill.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite its flaws, for those who love this genre it's a must see film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
an early prison break film. robert montgomery is completely overshadowed by the now forgotten actor chester morris. i'm afraid montgomery would be… More
John Ballantine
A classic jailhouse saga.