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Within These Walls (1945)

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Michael Howland, a stern hanging judge, is assigned to take over a chaotic prison. There Michael imposes a strict regime of discipline on the inmates. He is similarly rigid and harsh with ... See full summary »

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Anne Howland
Edward Ryan ...
Tommie Howland
Mark Stevens ...
Steve Purcell
B.S. Pully ...
Harry Bowser
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Martin 'Marty' Deutsch
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Rogers
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Peter Moran
Harry Shannon ...
Head Guard 'Mac' McCafferty
Edward Kelly ...
Convict Michael Callahan
Rex Williams ...
Hobey Jenkins
Ralph Dunn ...
Pearson
Dick Rush ...
Station agent
William Halligan ...
Collins
Fred Graham ...
Guard
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Michael Howland, a stern hanging judge, is assigned to take over a chaotic prison. There Michael imposes a strict regime of discipline on the inmates. He is similarly rigid and harsh with his own two children Tommie and Anne. However, his son Tommie Howland eventually ends up incarcerated in his father's prison. Written by Robert

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23 December 1946 (Portugal)  »

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Muros de Expiação  »

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Powerful prison drama

Another gem I find today. Directed by Bruce Humberstone, a faithful director at 20th Century Fox studio who already gave us the superb I WAKE UP SCREAMING, two years before this one.

The story has already been described in the plot line. Yes,Mitchell plays here a ruthless, tough new prison warden who absolutely wants to push his own rules on the cons. Things become hard for him when his own son, well educated guy, gets involved in some of his father's cons. The young man becomes one of them. But his father doesn't change at all.

Until...

The following is outstanding: a fallen escape, gunfights, and an impressive climax between the warden and one of the cons. Very effective for such a B picture, and not so known. Poignant too, in the last sequences, where the hard and rough warden faces a new prisoner who just comes in...

I won't tell you more and spoil this little gem. You must discover it by yourself.


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