The Last Mile (August 17, 1932)

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Preston Foster in The Last Mile
 

Released on August 17, 1932: An unjustly accused killer faces death in the electric chair in this gritty Sing Sing Death House drama.

Directed by Samuel Bischoff

The Actors: Howard Phillips (Dick Walters, cell 5), Preston Foster (John 'Killer' Mears, cell 4), George E. Stone (Jo Berg, cell 1), Noel Madison (D'Amoro, cell 6), Alan Roscoe (Kirby, cell 7), Paul Fix (Eddie Werner, cell 8), Al Hill (Fred Mayer, cell 3), Daniel L. Haynes (Sonny Jackson, cell 2), Edward Van Sloan (Rabbi), Louise Carter (Mrs. Walters), Ralph Theodore (Pat Callahan, principal keeper), Jack Kennedy (Mike O'Flaherty, guard), Albert J. Smith (guard Drake), William Scott (guard Peddie), Kenneth MacDonald (fuard Harris), Walter Walker (Governor Blaine), Alec B. Francis (Father O'Connor), Gladden James (Warden's secretary), Francis McDonald (first gas station holdup man), Frank Meredith (jury member), John T. Prince (jury member), Frank Sheridan (Warden Frank Lewis), Max Wagner (Max Kruger)

 

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Waiting on the Electric Chair

Few motion pictures of the past or present take you to the thoughts and fears of men in the Sing Sing Prison Death House . . . waiting to die . . . waiting to walk that 'last mile' to the electric chair. Few of us can know the day or the hour of our death, but these men not only know, but sit day and night with each other as they are fried in an electric chair, one by one. Dick Walters runs a gas station with his partner who skims all the cash out of the gas station bank accounts to finance his life of fun. One night when Dick discovers that the sales tax money is gone he goes down to the station to have it out with his partner and dissolve the partnership. As he is talking to his philandering partner three gangsters hold them up and shoot Dick's partner, then running out into the dark night. When policeman Pat discovers Dick over the dead body of his partner he assumes that Dick shot him, and because there is no trace of the gas station robbers, Dick is quickly sentenced to death. As the prisoners around him are executed one by one and his day of death is approaching, things look grim. Then Killer Mears gets loose and the death house becomes a shelter for the condemned men to shoot it out with the guards outside, and the tables are turned around. The death house prisoners have a couple of hostages including a guard and priest, and they decide to sentence them to death with a countdown that will give the hostages time to worry about dying . . . just like the condemned men. With bullets flying around him Dick needs to decide what to do with his remaining minutes. 1932 Warden of Sing Sing prison Lewis E. Lawes writes a screen prologue to the movie with his opinion of the death sentence, saying that it is an ongoing discussion in the 1932 society . . . . and now many years later . . . it is still an ongoing discussion. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Al Hill as Fred Mayer
Al Hill as Fred Mayer
Alan Roscoe as Kirby
Alan Roscoe as Kirby
Albert J. Smith and Howard Phillips
Albert J. Smith and Howard Phillips
Alec B. Francis and Preston Foster
Alec B. Francis and Preston Foster
Alec B. Francis as Father O'Connor
Alec B. Francis as Father O'Connor
Daniel L. Haynes as Sonny Jackson
Daniel L. Haynes as Sonny Jackson
Daniel L. Haynes in The Last Mile
Daniel L. Haynes in The Last Mile
Frank Sheridan as Warden Frank Lewis
Frank Sheridan as Warden Frank Lewis
Frank Sheridan in The Last Mile
Frank Sheridan in The Last Mile
George E. Stone and Edward Van Sloan in The Last Mile
George E. Stone and Edward Van Sloan in The Last Mile
George E. Stone as Joe Berg
George E. Stone as Joe Berg
George E. Stone in The Last Mile
George E. Stone in The Last Mile
Howard Phillips and Alec B. Francis
Howard Phillips and Alec B. Francis
Howard Phillips as Dick Walters
Howard Phillips as Dick Walters
Jack Kennedy as Patrolman Mike O'Flaherty
Jack Kennedy as Patrolman Mike O'Flaherty
Jack Kennedy is questioned on the witness stand by the prosecutor
Jack Kennedy is questioned on the witness stand by the prosecutor
Louise Carter and Jack Kennedy
Louise Carter and Jack Kennedy
Louise Carter as Mom Walters
Louise Carter as Mom Walters
Noel Madison as D'Amoro
Noel Madison as D'Amoro
Preston Foster and Howard Phillip
Preston Foster and Howard Phillip
Preston Foster and Howard Phillips in the Death House
Preston Foster and Howard Phillips in the Death House
Preston Foster as 'Killer' Mears
Preston Foster as 'Killer' Mears
Walter Walker as Governor Blaine
Walter Walker as Governor Blaine