Burns' autobiography, first published as a magazine serial in 1932, chronicled his time spent in the Georgia penal system and his two prison escapes. He was eventually pardoned by Ellis Arnal, the governor of Georgia, in 1945.
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An itinerant worker who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is sentenced to 10 years of hard labor.
When the film was released in November, 1932, Robert E. Burns, the author of the autobiography, was still imprisoned in the state of New Jersey awaiting extraditon proceedings back to the state of Georgia.
Public outrage generated by the film helped to lead to his release a few months later.
The film is unrated.