The Big Guy

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Fast-moving melodrama. McLaglen, a captain of the guards at a reformatory, is elevated to the position of acting warden after apprehending escaped prisoners, including Cooper. He also obtains some gangster loot but, instead of turning this in, holds onto the stolen money for family security. Cooper is wrongly tried and convicted for a killing connected...read more

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Fast-moving melodrama. McLaglen, a captain of the guards at a reformatory, is elevated to the position of acting warden after apprehending escaped prisoners, including Cooper. He also obtains some gangster loot but, instead of turning this in, holds onto the stolen money for family

security. Cooper is wrongly tried and convicted for a killing connected with the break and is sentenced to death. He tearfully accuses McLaglen of stealing the money from the gangsters engineering the break, explaining that he only wanted to be free to get money to further his education. At first

it appears that McLaglen will let the innocent youth go to the chair. Then a berserk trusty and Cooper break out of Death Row and McLaglen stops them, receiving a fatal wound. Before he dies, he admits keeping the money and that Cooper is innocent. The story is told with compassion, along with

excellent technical values and heart-tugging performances from Cooper and McLaglen.

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