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Hell's Highway

Hell's Highway(1932)

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    • Gwendolyn Foster
    • 7/29/11

    Hell's Highway is just as important as I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang or The Big House, yet it has not made it out onto DVD yet. This film is a stunning indictment of the Southern chain gang system. It features a fascinating and unique portrayal of an African American artist, whose hand we see cartooning, essentially narrating one scene. I have never seen a scene quite like it. Even though the ending was ruined by censorship forces, it is still strong enough to hold the attention of modern audiences. During a breakout scene a hearing impaired prisoner is shot in the back. We see a man hung to death in a "sweat box." The portrayal of the harshness and cruelty of the chain gang is unlike any other film, as is the presence of a prominently featured gay cook who is obviously having giving sexual favors to of the wardens in return for preferential treatment. Prison is painted as a hellish world where the prisoners, no matter how low their crime, are morally superior to the crooked prison authorities. It is also shot in a strangely Soviet style with prominent low angles that mark the prisoners as morally above their torturers, and the montage editing is really effective. There is no doubt that it would have been far more powerful had the ending of the film not been changed but it still packs a mean punch. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WARNER ARCHIVE BRING THIS FILM OUT ON DVD!!!

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