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Big Screen Civics Movie – I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Sep 22, 2022 to Sep 22, 2022 7 - 9pm

Dates: Thursday 9/22
Time: 7-9p
Age Group: Adults 18+

Location: Ambler Theater

Description: The Ambler Theater, Upper Dublin Public Library, and Wissahickon Valley Public Library present a three-film series exploring civic engagement in a fun, entertaining way. Each film in the series looks at a Constitutional Amendment through the lens of film with introductions from a local scholar, legal expert, or politician.

Sept 22 – Watch the film “I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang”

1932 – 1 hr 33 min – USA – b/w – 35mm – d: Mervyn LeRoy – w/ Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson

Based on a true story, this pre-Code crime-drama follows a wrongly convicted man who is sent to serve in the intolerable conditions of a Southern chain gang. He manages to escape and create a new life in Chicago. But, his past catches up with him. Presented on restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress.

Presented with an introduction by Kerry Sautner, Chief Learning Officer of the National Constitution Center, that explores the film’s connection to the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, which pertains to the limits of cruel and unusual punishments.

Tickets: $5. Purchase tickets at the Ambler Theater box office or online at amblertheater.org.

Check out the other films in this series: Sept 15 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington / Sept 29 – Election


This series is funded, in part, by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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