I'd Give My Life (1936)

PG   |    |  Drama


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The movie, like the play "The Noose" on which it is based, is the story of a young man sentenced to be hanged for murdering a racketeer because, in order to protect others whom he admires, ... See full summary »


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  • Tom Brown and Frances Drake in I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • Tom Brown and Frances Drake in I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • Frances Drake and Guy Standing in I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • Tom Brown and Frances Drake in I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • Tom Brown and Frances Drake in I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • Janet Beecher, Tom Brown, Frances Drake, and Guy Standing in I'd Give My Life (1936)

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23 July 2019 | boblipton
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| Some Great Performances
Tom Brown kills gangster Robert Gleckler. He confesses. During his trial, his only statement is "He deserved to die." Apparently this isn't Texas, because while everyone in the state agrees with that, the law is the law and the youngster must hang. No one wants to do it, not the governor, not his wife, not the warden or the guards at the prison (which seems to be next door to the governor's mansion, which in turn has no security: very odd). However, since Brown will offer no further statement, and wants to get it over with, the governor's hands are tied. Brown will hang on schedule.

It's based on a play by H.H. Van Loan and Willard Mack, and it is filled with some fine actors giving excellent performances. Paul Hurst, Janet Beecher, Guy Standing, all of them are performers who knew how to act. Gleckler is a treat as the gangster that Brown kills. Although director Edwin L, Marin and cinematographer Ira Morgan don't open it much, it doesn't need a cinematic treatment. It's got a script and a cast that are fascinating by themselves.

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