Their arms had halted in mid-swing, instinctively reacting to a voice of authority.
After 1934, a scene such as this would not appear in a Hollywood film for decades.
One of the boys, wearing an orange mask, had lifted his arm to toss at her.
The dead man's brother is the warden of the prison and torments O'Brien's character.
Jaffe had quit his job at to make the film.
Censors complained when they had to keep up with the deluge of jokes in pictures in the early 1930s, some of which were designed to go over their heads.
In chain-gang films, Southern prisoners were often subjected to a draconian system of discipline in the blazing outdoor heat, where they were treated terribly by their ruthless captors.
Description: In his early fifties, he looked like a businessman on an outward bound adventure.