The Big House
The Big House (1930)

Not the first of the prison pictures, but the one that truly put the genre on the map. Playboy Kent (Robert Montgomery), driving drunk, kills a couple of pedestrians and is sentenced to a 10-year manslaughter term. His cellmate is forger… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 1930
DVD 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: 71% 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.