I am a fugitive from a chain gang

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Published for Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by University of Wisconsin Press, 1981 - Performing Arts - 197 pages
Since its release in 1932, "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" had earned a reputation as one of the few Hollywood products that can be associated directly with social change. Film historians attribute the reform of the southern chain gang system to the public outrage generated by this movie, which depicts a true story. In addition to being an important social document, the film remains a gripping experience for filmgoers today because of its unusual dramatic conception, its hauntingly inconclusive ending, and Paul Muni's performance as the good boy forced to go wrong. This book includes the complete screenplay.

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Peter C. Rollins is Regents Professor Emeritus of English and American Film Studies at Oklahoma State University and is the former editor of the journal "Film & History," John E. O'Connor is professor emeritus of the Federal Department of History at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.

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