The Last Mile


1h 15m 1932
The Last Mile

Brief Synopsis

An innocent man sent to death row gets caught in a prison riot.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Prison
Adaptation
Release Date
Aug 17, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
K.B.S. Film Co.
Distribution Company
World Wide Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Last Mile by John Wexley (New York, 13 Feb 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,526ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Found guilty of murder, Richard Walters is placed on death row, where he witnesses the preparations for an execution shortly after his arrival. Walters had accidentally shot his business partner while struggling with robbers during a gas station hold up, but circumstantial evidence made the killing appear to be the result of a quarrel between the partners. On the day that Walters is going to be executed, death row convict "Killer" Mears seizes a guard's gun and taking over the cell block, frees the prisoners and takes hostages. After a bloody struggle in which nearly all the prisoners and hostages are killed, Mears, learning that evidence has been discovered to exonerate the badly wounded Walters, walks into the guards' fire. Walters recovers and is pardoned.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Prison
Adaptation
Release Date
Aug 17, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
K.B.S. Film Co.
Distribution Company
World Wide Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Last Mile by John Wexley (New York, 13 Feb 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,526ft (9 reels)

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Notes

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.