The Big House

Lists: Drama, Crime / Heist, Best Picture nominee 1930 to 1939

Brief Synopsis: "Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1930: # 0)

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People Involved

  • Chester Morris (John Morgan)
  • Wallace Beery (Machine Gun Butch Schmidt)
  • Lewis Stone (Warden James Adams)
  • Robert Montgomery (Kent Marlowe)
  • Leila Hyams (Anne Marlowe)
  • George F. Marion (Pop)
  • J. C. Nugent (Mr. Marlowe)
  • Karl Dane (Olsen)
  • DeWitt Jennings (Wallace)
  • Matthew Betz (Gopher)
  • Claire McDowell (Mrs. Marlowe)
  • Robert Emmett OConnor (Donlin)
  • Tom Wilson (Sandy)
  • Eddie Foyer (Dopey)
  • Roscoe Ates (Putnam)
  • Fletcher Norton (Oliver)
  • Noah Beery Jr. (Convict in Yard (uncredited))
  • Chris-Pin Martin (Inmate (uncredited))
  • Louis Natheaux (Morgans Lawyer (uncredited))
  • Herbert Prior (Prison Doctor (uncredited))
  • Harry Wilson (Inmate #46375 (uncredited))
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