THE BIG HOUSE
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Date of Release: June 14, 1930
Running Time: 84 minutes
Director: George W. Hill
Screenplay: Frances Marion, Joseph Farnham,
                  Martin Flavin and Lennox Robinson
Cinematography: Harold Wenstrom
Film Editing: Blanche Sewell
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Costume Design: David Cox
Recording Engineer: Douglas Shearer
Awards and Nominations:
ACADEMY AWARD WIN - Douglas Shearer, Best Sound Recording
ACADEMY AWARD WIN - Frances Marion, Best Writing Achievement
CADEMY AWARD NOMINATION - Best Picture
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION - Wallace Beery, Best Actor
CAST:
Chester Morris...
John Morgan
Wallace Beery...Butch Schmidt
Lewis Stone...Warden James Adams
Robert Montgomery...Kent Marlowe
Leila Hyams...Ann Marlowe
George F. Marion...Pop Riker
J.C. Nugent...Mr. Marlowe
Karl Dane...Olsen
DeWitt Jennings...Captain Wallace
Matthew Betz...Gopher
Claire McDowell...Mrs. Marlowe
Robert Emmett O'Connor...Sergeant Donlin
Tom Kennedy...Uncle Jed
Tom Wilson...Sandy
Eddie Foyer...Dopey
Roscoe Ates...Putnam
Fletcher Norton...Oliver
Adolph Seidel...Prison Barber (uncredited)
Eddie Lambert...bit part (uncredited)
Michael Vavitch...bit part (uncredited)
Synopsis:
Kent Marlowe has been sentenced to ten years in prison. As cellmates he has Butch
and Morgan, two of the toughest inmates. Butch, a cold-blooded killer, and Morgan,
a high-class thief are fiercely loyal to each other despite the fact that Morgan's
ultimate goal is to play it straight. A terrified Kent turns stool pigeon to try and buy
his way out of prison, but plans go wrong when a botched escape turns into a violent
stand-off. Easily Montgomery's best early role. He gives a finely nuanced
performance as the weak and frightened Kent. It's amazing that M-G-M didn't
immediately cast him in more serious and worthwhile roles after this obvious display
of dramatic ability.
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