This remake of the 1932 prison movie classic is inferior to its predecessor in most respects, but does feature a host of excellent supporting portrayals and one of Rooney's better adult performances, in the role that made stars of Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable on the stage and that Preston
Foster played on the screen. Death row inmates wait for their time to come, slowly going crazy (Constantine is already there), endlessly tormented by sadistic guard Barry until the day he makes the fatal mistake of leaning against Rooney's cell. The hardened killer, with nothing to lose, strangles
Barry and uses the guard's keys and gun to free the other inmates and capture more ...