Thursday, December 17, 2015

6,000 Enemies (1939)

Director: George B. Seitz

Writers: Bertram Millhauser, Wilmon Menard, Leo L. Stanley

Composer: Edward Ward

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson, Paul Kelly, Nat Pendleton, Harold Huber, Grant Mitchell, John Arledge, J.M. Kerrigan, Adrian Morris, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Arthur Aylesworth, Raymond Hatton, Lionel Royce, Tom Neal, Willie Fung, Helena Philips Evans, Esther Dale

More info: IMDb

Plot: A tough prosecutor who has sent dozens of criminals to prison finds himself framed on a bribery charge and winds up in prison himself.

My rating:  6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Talk about ridiculous.  I can't imagine much of anything in this picture happening in the real world especially when it comes to prison.  A D.A. gets framed and sent to a prison where there are thousands of men he prosecuted over the years.  Yeah, right.  While there he gets to go to the neighboring women's prison to fix the plumbing.  Uh-huh.  He fights in a formal boxing match with a prisoner tasked by the mob boss to kill him.  He loses the fight but he goes the distance, taking beating after beating, earning the respect of the thousands of men who want to kill him.  Yup.  I should give it a 5 but it was entertaining and it didn't fall into boredom once.  The big prison riot at the end is expertly edited and harsh.  The ending is super abrupt and happy but there are some nice moments in this quickie.  It's only 62 minutes long which helps.  It's not all that bad but I can't imagine anyone voluntarily watching this more than once.

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