The Last Mile

The Last Mile

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The Last Mile is the film version of the 1930 John Wexley play which previously brought stage fame to both Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. Wrongly accused of murder, young businessman Richard Walters (Howard Phillips, repeating his stage role) is sentenced to Death Row. Here he gets swept up in a jail break engineered by the desperate Killer Mears (Preston S. Foster), who grabs the keys of a guard and takes control of the cell block, holding the guards as hostages and freeing the other condemned prisoners. Refusing to accede to Mears' demands for a fast car and head start, the warden precipitates a bloodbath, with Walters caught in the middle of the fray. Ultimately, however, Mears sacrifices his own life in hopes of sparing Walters. In the original play, the Richard Walters character was guilty and went to the electric chair halfway through the first act; in the film, Walters's pathetic farewell speech and "long walk" were inherited by secondary character Berg (George E. Stone). Fairly strong stuff for its time, The Last Mile is actually superior to its more explicit 1959 remake, which starred Mickey Rooney as Killer Mears.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290423269
Original Release: 1932
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 66,912

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Phillips Richard Walters
Preston S. Foster John "Killer" Mears
George E. Stone Berg
Noel Madison D'Amoro
Alan Roscoe Kirby
Paul Fix Eddie Werner
Al Hill Fred Mayer
Daniel L. Haynes Sonny Jackson
Frank Sheridan Warden Frank Lewis
Alec B. Francis Father O'Connors
Edward Van Sloan Rabbi
Louise Carter Mrs. Walters
Ralph Theodore Pat Callahan, the Principal Keeper
Albert J. Smith Drake
Jack Kennedy O'Flaherty
Kenneth MacDonald Harris
Francis McDonald Holdup Man
William Scott Peddie
Walter Walker Governor Blaine

Technical Credits
Sam Bischoff Director
Val Burton Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin G. Cohn Editor
Ralph M. DeLacey Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Rose E. Loewinger Editor
Seton Miller Screenwriter

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