When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Fritz Lang (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... Katherine Grant
Spencer Tracy ... Joe Wilson
Walter Abel ... District Attorney
Bruce Cabot ... Kirby Dawson
Edward Ellis ... Sheriff
Walter Brennan ... 'Bugs' Meyers
Frank Albertson ... Charlie
George Walcott ... Tom
Arthur Stone ... Durkin
Morgan Wallace ... Fred Garrett
George Chandler ... Milton Jackson
Roger Gray ... Stranger
Edwin Maxwell ... Vickery
Howard Hickman ... Governor
Jonathan Hale ... Defense Attorney
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Storyline

Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted kidnapper. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man. Written by Andre'a M. Thompson <athompso@ziggy.st.hmc.edu>

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TWO LOVERS...VICTIMS OF MOB VIOLENCE! (original 1936 window card poster)


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names): Francis X. Bushman Jr. (Young Teacher), Lew Harvey (Mug in Poolroon), Jack Perry (Man in Poolroom), Duke York (Taxi Driver), Erville Alderson (Plumber), Edward LeSaint (Doctor), Clara Blandick (Judge's Wife), Ward Bond (First Objector in Movie Theater) and Charles Coleman (Innkeeper) See more »

Goofs

A newspaper headline reads the misspelled word 'Kidnapers.' See more »

Quotes

Joe Wilson: I'll give them a chance that they didn't give me. They will get a legal trial in a legal courtroom. They will have a legal judge and a legal defense. They will get a legal sentence and a legal death.
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Soundtracks

There's No More Trouble for Me
(uncredited)
Composer Unknown
Sung a cappella by Edna Mae Harris
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Still timely.
11 September 1999 | by SardonySee all my reviews

Horribly melodramatic, but psychologically complex, well-directed and excellently edited. Spencer Tracy is an innocent man assumed guilty by a mob and "lynched." Making this 1936 film still-timely are the growth of the mob and its trial, conviction and execution of Tracy based only on speculation and emotion instead of on evidence and reason. Also, the line, "I will remind the jury of the easy habit of putting on foreigners events that disturb our conscience" comments on a tendency that still exists today (just listen to talk radio here in Massachusetts!). The story touches on many issues - morality, humanity, patriotism, law, politics, media, etc - and, as such, raises many issues for discussion. Teachers might consider showing this film in class as a start-point into exploration of today's issues. Spencer Tracy gives an appropriately melodramatic performance, but Edward Ellis as the town sheriff gives the best (albeit small) performance. For entertainment value, I'd give this film 6/10; but for fans of any of the stars, the director, or for advocates of civil rights and justice, this film is worth about 8/10; finally, as a tool for teachers, 10/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,712
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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