History Film / IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang

3rd Jun '16 10:57:46 AM Mdumas43073
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->'''''"I steal!"'''''

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->'''''"I steal!"'''''
->''"I steal!"''
3rd Jun '16 10:07:16 AM Doug86
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Muni plays Sergeant James Allen, who on his return home from WorldWarI knows he is now a changed man, and leaves home to go work in construction. However, along the way, he manages to talk to the wrong man at the wrong time, and on a trip to go get a bite to eat he is caught up in a robbery. Held at gunpoint, Allen is forced to steal 5 dollars from the restaurant (that's about 85 dollars today,) and when the man holding the gun at him dies, he takes the money and runs. He is soon caught, and sentenced to serve ten years on a DeepSouth chain gang.

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Muni plays Sergeant James Allen, who on his return home from WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI knows he is now a changed man, and leaves home to go work in construction. However, along the way, he manages to talk to the wrong man at the wrong time, and on a trip to go get a bite to eat he is caught up in a robbery. Held at gunpoint, Allen is forced to steal 5 dollars from the restaurant (that's about 85 dollars today,) and when the man holding the gun at him dies, he takes the money and runs. He is soon caught, and sentenced to serve ten years on a DeepSouth chain gang.



* ReturningWarVet: James fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, and not far into the film, he's riding the rails looking for any kind of employment. It often gets overshadowed by the film's penal reform themes, but this movie also deals with how American war vets had been abandoned by the government.

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* ReturningWarVet: James fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and not far into the film, he's riding the rails looking for any kind of employment. It often gets overshadowed by the film's penal reform themes, but this movie also deals with how American war vets had been abandoned by the government.
14th Mar '16 3:02:28 PM eroock
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* PovertyFood: The prison inmates get a disgusting dish of grease, fried dough, pig fat and sorghum to eat, day in and day out, which Jim has a hard time adjusting to.
22nd Feb '16 9:32:47 AM eroock
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* PursueTheDreamJob: Jim wants to be an engineer instead of clerk and he works hard to achieve that goal.
14th Feb '16 2:39:33 AM eroock
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* FantasyForbiddingFather: Jim's father doesn't want him to pursue his dream of working in Engineering but stay with the clerk job in town.
14th Feb '16 1:03:01 AM eroock
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* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Allen's wife demands that he marry her, or [[{{Blackmail}} she'll turn him in]].



* {{Blackmail}}: Allen's wife demands that he marry her, or she'll turn him in.

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* {{Blackmail}}: Allen's wife demands that he marry her, or she'll turn him in.CaperRationalization: Unlike the book's author, the protagonist in this adaptation is coerced at gunpoint into stealing the money, so as to not lose any sympathy with the audience through MoralDissonance.
13th Feb '16 9:23:02 AM eroock
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* HellholePrison: With [[WardensAreEvil sadistic wardens]] and disgusting food. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision at the time.

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* HellholePrison: With The film [[TruthInTelevision doesn't sugarcoat]] the novel writer's ordeal in prison. 15 hours of backbreaking labor 6 days a week, a diet of pig fat with a dough ball made of flour and lard, and of course lashes with the strap if [[WardensAreEvil sadistic wardens]] and disgusting food. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision at the time.guards think you didn't work hard enough]].
13th Feb '16 9:16:56 AM eroock
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The film is based on the autobiographical book by Robert E. Burns entitled "I Am a Fugitive from the ''Georgia'' Chain Gang", published in 1930. The title was changed so as not to offend anyone from the Georgia. Still, the film outraged the Georgia authorities so much that they refused to pardon the book's author until 1945.
13th Feb '16 8:56:35 AM eroock
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* MovingTheGoalposts: First they let James work for 3 month, then 1 year but it is apparent they'd never let him go.

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* MovingTheGoalposts: First they let James work for 3 month, then 1 year but it is becomes apparent they'd never let him go.
13th Feb '16 8:52:09 AM eroock
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* ScaryBlackMan: The big intimidating black inmate who turns out to be quite helpful.

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* ScaryBlackMan: The big intimidating black inmate who turns out to be [[ChekhovsGunman quite helpful.helpful]].
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