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Richard Brooks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 June 1947 (USA) See more »
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At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Joe Collins

Hume Cronyn ... Capt. Munsey

Charles Bickford ... Gallagher

Yvonne De Carlo ... Gina Ferrara

Ann Blyth ... Ruth

Ella Raines ... Cora Lister
Anita Colby ... Flossie
Sam Levene ... Louie Miller #7033

Jeff Corey ... 'Freshman' Stack

John Hoyt ... Spencer
Jack Overman ... Kid Coy
Roman Bohnen ... Warden A.J. Barnes
Sir Lancelot ... Calypso
Vince Barnett ... Muggsy

Jay C. Flippen ... Hodges
Richard Gaines ... McCollum
Frank Puglia ... Ferrara
James Bell ... Crenshaw

Howard Duff ... Robert 'Soldier' Becker (as Howard Duff Radio's Sam Spade)
Art Smith ... Dr. Walters

Whit Bissell ... Tom Lister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Jack (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Convict Foreman (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Convict in Yard (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Convict (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Harry (uncredited)
Howland Chamberlain ... Joe's Lawyer (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Chappie - Guard (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Bradley (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian Father (uncredited)
William Cozzo ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Rex Dale ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Sadie (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Guard (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
John Harmon ... Roberts (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Chef (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Convict in Chow Line (uncredited)
Lee Kendall ... Shorty (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Hearse Driver (uncredited)
Jack S. Lee ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Will Lee ... Convict in Chow Line (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Convict in Yard (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Cell Check Guard (uncredited)
Hal Malone ... Young Inmate (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Convict (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Regan (uncredited)
Don McGill ... Max (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Convict in Chow Line (uncredited)

Charles McGraw ... Andy (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Guard (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Convict (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
James O'Rear ... Wilson (uncredited)
Blanche Obronska ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Bronski (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Convict (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Convict in Yard (uncredited)
Carl Rhodes ... Strella (uncredited)
Sam Rizhallah ... Convict Son (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Peary (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Hoffman (uncredited)
Jerry Salvail ... Guard (uncredited)
Ruth Sanderson ... Ms. Lawrence (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Tom (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Tompkins (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Jackson (uncredited)
Kippee Valez ... Visitor (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Guard in Machine Shop (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Guard (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Convict (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Armed Guard in Drainpipe (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Tyrone (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Guard in Machine Shop (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules Dassin 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay)

Robert Patterson (story)

Produced by
Jules Buck .... associate producer
Mark Hellinger .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John F. DeCuir)
Bernard Herzbrun 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Charles Wyrick 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell (gowns)
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
Art Department
John Decker .... portrait painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Felstead .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Jacques Gordon .... technical advisor
Harry B. Friedman .... publicist (uncredited)
Mark Hellinger .... presenter (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) (passed with cuts) | Norway:16 | UK:A (cut) (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12441) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Early in the film inmate Calypso accepts the doctor's breakfast at the door and then sets it down on the doctor's desk to eat. The doctor takes a shot glass of booze, puts his jacket on and leaves for a meeting saying nothing about the breakfast waiting for him.See more »
Factual errors: The character Soldier is in prison after taking the blame for a murder that took place when he was serving in Italy with the U.S. Army. Therefore, he would not have been in a civilian state prison. He would have been sent to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, as he would have been court-martialed while still being a member of the U.S. Army. At the very least, he would have been sent to a federal prison if he'd somehow (highly unlikely) been able to get sent to a civilian facility.See more »
Captain Munsey:I'm a realist, I don't believe in coincidence. Especially when it happens more than once.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »
Tannhäuser OvertureSee more »


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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Nothing's OK! Never was ,never will!, 26 February 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

One of the best prison movies ever made.Jules Dassin's direction is so strong ,so precise,so mind-boggling it packs a real wallop.Hume Cronyn gives a subdued but extremely scary portrayal of a sadistic brute.Always in a suave voice,always saying "I want to help you",there's only one way for him:the hard one.Burt Lancaster is equally efficient as a tough inmate .But the whole cast cannot be too highly praised.

The cast and credits read :"the women from outside" .There are four flashbacks which really fit into the movie.All of them last barely two or three minutes but they could provide material for four other movies. The first one (Flossie's ) verges on farce ,it is the comic relief of a desperate movie and we need it!Then the "fur coat" segment which is some kind of Cinderella turned film noir.The third one,perhaps the less interesting (everything is relative!), features Yvonne De Carlo as an Italian girl during the war the former soldier was in love with .And finally Burt Lancaster's story, he tries to find money to pay his girlfriend's operation.

These flashbacks are not gratuitous:all that is left to those men is memories .Besides,the last line tells us something like that:"nobody will escape!nobody!" More than ten years before ,Dassin had shown what French director Jacques Becker would do in his famous prison movie "le trou" (1960) : the prison as a metaphor of the human condition.

There are lots of scenes which will leave you on the edge of your seat.My favorite scene: the informer's death while Lancaster is securing his alibi with the doc.But the final is awesome too,something apocalyptic.

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