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Road to the Big House (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 13 December 1947 (USA)
In 1929, middle-class bank clerk Eddie Clark, unhappy with his lot in life and jealous of prosperous George Bates, an ex-suitor of his loyal wife Agnes, steals $200,000 from his bank, with ... See full summary »

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(as Walter S. Colmes)

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(screenplay), (story "The Dark Road")
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Butch McQuinn (as Guinn Williams)
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Clyde Sutter (as Dick Bailey)
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In 1929, middle-class bank clerk Eddie Clark, unhappy with his lot in life and jealous of prosperous George Bates, an ex-suitor of his loyal wife Agnes, steals $200,000 from his bank, with intentions of he and Agnes being in Mexico before the theft is discovered. Agnes tries to persuade him to return the money to no avail. He is caught and sent to prison without revealing the hidden location of the loot, figuring to get it and live in luxury when his ten-year term is over. His case has received much publicity and nearly every inmate in the prison attempts to wrest the information from him. Gangsters on the outside arrange with convicts Clyde Sutter and Butch McQuinn to get the secret from him. Agnes, who has taken a waitress job in a nearby city, is also trying to find the money with the intention of returning it and getting Eddie a reduced sentence. Sutter's plan is to involve Eddie in a prison break and turn him over to the gangsters on the outside. Butch is shot during the break, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY'VE DONE EVERYTHING BUT..KILL ME!...To learn my secret! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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13 December 1947 (USA)  »

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La strada del carcere  »

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Low rent prison film with a message.
11 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Road to the Big House - 1947

John Shelton is a low level bank employee who is tired of waiting to move up the wage scale. He wants to give is wife everything he wishes he could. He decides to help himself to 200 thousand of the bank's cash. He picks a bank long weekend so he can get away to South America where the two of them could live the high life.

The wife is horrified that the man she loves would do this and turns him over to the police. He gets 10 years in prison which will be commuted to time served if he tells where he hid the cash. He refuses and off to hard time he goes.

He is worked over by the guards and the other convicts because they all want the cash. Shelton does not break and keeps the cash location to himself. After five years he gets involved in an escape plan but is quickly recaptured and gets another 5 years added to his time.

15 years later he gets out of prison and heads for the cash. It is not there, the wife had found it and returned it to the bank. 15 years down the tubes! The old crime does not pay story again. Seen worse, seen better.


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