I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.


Terrific film with a most haunting ending.

8 years ago


Incredible movie that's entertaining and thought-provoking. It also stood the test of time really well. The film shows how horrific it was to be in a chain gang and it raises many questions about justice. It also contains many suspenseful scenes, like the escape attempts. The film is very fast-paced, Paul Muni's acting is great, and there are some neat editing tricks. The ending will probably haunt me for a long time. I really enjoyed this film and I was glued to the screen the entire time.

7 years ago


Excellent film. Muni is absolutely sublime.

6 years ago

More info & statistics

11.9% of the viewers favorited this title, 0.3% disliked it

Currently in 13 official lists, but has been in 15


png12 checked this title

6 days ago

Mr_Saturn favorited this title

a week ago

Mr_Saturn checked this title

a week ago

Vigilantejeff checked this title

a week ago

josefine33 added this title to their watchlist

a week ago

mstern89 added this title to their watchlist

a week ago


Log in to see which of your friends have seen this movie

National Board of...

88 movies · At #1

IMDb's 1930s Top 50

50 movies · At #5

IMDb's Film-noir Top 50

50 movies · At #6

Academy Award Best...

557 movies · At #33

Doubling the Canon

1201 movies · At #39

IMDb's Crime Top 50

50 movies · At #43

National Film Registry

806 movies · At #58

1001 Movies You Must...

1007 movies · At #63

Harvard University's...

348 movies · At #84

Have You Seen? A...

1007 movies · At #108

TSPDT 1000 Noir Films

810 movies · At #323

TimeOut's 1000 Films...

1033 movies · At #446

Halliwell's Top...

1043 movies · At #593