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Paul Muni as Sergeant James Allen, wrongfully sentenced to ten years on a Southern chain gang.
Paul Muni as Sergeant James Allen, wrongfully sentenced to ten years on a Southern chain gang.

Thumbnail for I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Film noir, Crime Fiction, Prison film, DramaNarrative location: ChicagoRuntime: 93 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Mervyn LeRoyScreenwriter: Howard J. GreenMusic: Bernhard KaunCinematography: Sol PolitoStars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Preston Foster, Allen Jenkins, Douglass Dumbrille, Sally Blane, Berton Churchill, Robert Warwick Producer: Hal B. WallisStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Paul Muni)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a Pre-Code crime/drama film starring Paul Muni as a wrongfully convicted convict on a chain gang who escapes to Chicago. The film was written by Howard J. Green and Brown Holmes from Robert Elliott Burns's autobiography, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! that was serialised in True Detective magazine. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The true life story of Robert Elliot Burns, on which I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang is based, was later recreated in the television movie, The Man Who Broke a 1,000 Chains, starring Val Kilmer. In 1991, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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