I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Warner Bros.’ hard-hitting chain-gang movie was a faithful adaptation of the similarly titled autobiography of Robert Elliot Burns. Paul Muni plays World War I veteran James Allen, whose plans of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Times get really tough when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and forced to work on a chain gang.

Lady for a Day

A gangster helps an old apple-vendor pose as a society woman to fool her visiting daughter.