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A written onscreen preface was authored by Lewis E. Lawes, warden of Sing Sing. A news item in Film Daily noted that a August 26, 1932 preview of the film was scheduled for the inmates of Los Angeles County Jail. The 1930 production of the play featured Spencer Tracy in the East coast production, and Clark Gable in the West coast production. The Variety review commented that this picture "compromises with the stage original in many ways, toning down its grim realism." Variety also noted that the character "Mears" was the main focus of the play, while the character "Richard Walters," who early in the play is executed for murdering his lover, is the main focus in the film. Also based on John Wexley's play was United Artist's 1959 The Last Mile, directed by Howard W. Koch and starring Mickey Rooney.