89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #87- The Big House (1930)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 87th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“And remember, this prison does not give a man a yellow streak, but if he has one, it brings it out. ” – Warden

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After accidentally killing someone while driving drunk, a man is sent to prison where he must learn to adapt to his new life.

My Take on it – I found this film to be quite interesting due to its depiction of prisons from more than 87 years ago.

It is nice to see the way that they perceived prison life back then and the it shows that not much has changed in the ensuing years.

The story itself works quite well and this is truly a film that helped pave the way for so many other prison-related films over the years.

It’s easy to see how parts of this film have been reused in many over films of the genre.

The cast is quite good and despite the dialogue being VERY 1930’s, the story works very well.

The riot scenes are shot amazingly and it’s pleasantly surprising for a film from this era.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at the way that prison life was perceived back then. The story moves along well and is definitely a precursor for many future prison films.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie relaunched Wallace Beery’s career. Before the coming of sound, he had been a top supporting player in silent films but had been dropped by his studio when sound came in. With this film being a huge hit, and Beery earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he was back in favor, and within two years was the world’s highest paid actor. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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