The Big House (1930). A convict falls in love with his new cellmate’s sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.
Prison films were insanely popular in this era of history, so it’s interesting to see the different takes on them as they often revolved around cases of mistaken identity. It wasn’t necessarily anti-hero narratives, but rather broken men framed or lost to a prison system they didn’t belong in. It makes for an interesting twist on the trope, and The Big House is definitely one of the more interesting ones, particularly for the strong, angular set and strong performances from the cast. 7/10.