I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, People
on August 5, 2012

What is the title of a Paul Muni film from the 1930s about a guy on the run? In the end, an old girlfriend asks him how he lives, and he answers from the dark, “I steal.”
—P. Perosak, Howell, Mich.

That’s a classic: I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), in which Muni earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a wrongfully convicted man sentenced to serve 10 years on a brutal Southern chain gang. Nominated for best picture, the film was based on a true story.