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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Source of Film

Ture Detective Mysteries (1932, Jan)

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.

Producer Detail

Hal B. Wallis

Director Detail

Mervyn LeRoy (c1950)

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Film Synopsis

1 hour, 32 minutes

An itinerant worker who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is sentenced to 10 years of hard labor.

Film Comments

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.

Film Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


MPAA Rating

The film is unrated.

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