Over The Wall

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical, Prison

Foran exchanged his regular cowboy outfit for some prison stripes in this strange programmer. He plays a nice guy who's framed (naturally) for murder. Once inside Sing Sing, Foran meets the prison chaplain (Litel) who helps him prove his innocence. But Foran has another revelation inside the pokey. He's not just in Sing Sing, he learns how to Sing! Sing!...read more

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Foran exchanged his regular cowboy outfit for some prison stripes in this strange programmer. He plays a nice guy who's framed (naturally) for murder. Once inside Sing Sing, Foran meets the prison chaplain (Litel) who helps him prove his innocence. But Foran has another revelation inside

the pokey. He's not just in Sing Sing, he learns how to Sing! Sing! And that he does with such ditties as "One More Tomorrow," "Have You Met My Lulu?" and "Little White House on the Hill." Foran determines to become a crooner once he's sprung. While out on a singing venture for Litel's radio show,

Foran makes a break and is recaptured. But things are righted in the end as he proves his innocence and is reunited with girl Travis. The film is well made with earnest performances (particularly that of Foran). The music is blended nicely into the plot. However, what worked for audiences in 1938

comes off as unbelievable, campy humor for the more cinematically sophisticated audiences of modern times. Author Lawes was a famed prison reform advocate who appeared on many radio programs of the time. He had actually been the long-time warden of Sing Sing prison. This was the second film made

from his written works; the first was 20,000 YEARS IN SING SING (1933).

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