The Last Mile (1932 film)

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The Last Mile
The Last Mile FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Samuel Bischoff
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
Written by Seton I. Miller
Based on play The Last Mile
by John Wexley
Starring Howard Phillips
Preston Foster
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Edited by Rose Loewinger
K.B.S. Productions
Distributed by Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1932 (1932-08-17)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Last Mile is a 1932 American film directed by Samuel Bischoff and starring Howard Phillips and Preston Foster. The picture is based on John Wexley's 1930 Broadway play, The Last Mile.[1] In 1959 the play was adapted a second time into a film of the same name starring Mickey Rooney.


The movie presents the life in a prison where men are on death row. Some of them are wrongfully accused and convicted, there is nothing else in their future but the electric chair.

Richard Walters is condemned to death for crime he claims he never committed. While the drama inside the prison unfolds, his friends on the outside are trying to find evidence that he is innocent.[2]


Alan Roscoe in the film


A clip from this film was used by progressive rock band Rush as their introduction to the song "Lock and Key" during its performance on the "Hold Your Fire" tour, later released on the "A Show of Hands" laserdisc. The VHS and DVD versions of the film omit the song.

Both Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable played Killer Mears onstage in 1930, Tracy on Broadway and Gable later in Los Angeles, which benefited the careers of both men.

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