The Last Mile (1932 film)

The Last Mile is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama 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] Howard Phillips appeared in both the play and the film but in different roles. In 1959 the play was adapted a second time into a film of the same name starring Mickey Rooney.

The Last Mile
Film poster
Directed bySamuel Bischoff
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Written bySeton I. Miller
Based onplay The Last Mile
by John Wexley
StarringHoward Phillips
Preston Foster
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byRose Loewinger
K.B.S. Productions
Distributed bySono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1932 (1932-08-17)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


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

Richard Walters is condemned to death for a crime he claims he did not commit. While the drama inside the prison unfolds, his friends on the outside are trying to find evidence that he is innocent.[2]



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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