Director Fritz Lang (M; Metropolis; The Big Heat) made this, his first American film in 1936 and many critics regard it as his best American film.
Sylvia Sidney (Dead End; You Only Live Once; Damien: Omen II; ; Beetlejuice)& Spencer Tracy (Test Pilot; Northwest Passage; Bad Day at Black Rock; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) star in this powerful thriller which still packs an emotional punch today.
Joe Wilson (Tracy) was due to marry his fiancee Katherine Grant (Sidney) when mistaken for another man he is jailed and thought to have died in a jail fire started by a bloodthirsty lynch mob.
However miraculously he didn't die and now filled with vengeance, he sets out to bring to his would be executioners the same brutal justice they tried to do to him.
Shockingly prior to this film's release in 1936 during the previous 49 years, some 6,000 people had become victims of lynch mobs in the U.S.