Joe Hufford gets involved in a nightclub brawl, kills a man in self defense, and is sent to prison for manslaughter, to the dismay of district attorney George Knowland who realizes Joe had an incompetent lawyer who should have gotten him off by proving self-defense. Later, Knowland becomes warden of the prison Joe is in, and makes him a Trusty and his chauffeur. Joe and the warden's daughter, Kay, fall in love but Joe gets involved in a prison escape. Written by
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The trials and tribulations of a man sentenced to five years for an accidental murder from a mild fist fight. Very middle-of-the-road, routine prison drama, watchable but brings nothing new or exciting to the table. Despite having Burnett Guffey behind the camera, the photography is nothing special at all. However, it does feature an array of good performances. Glenn Ford is sort of dull (as usual) and once again Dorothy Malone is underutilized. But Broderick Crawford is almost always a blast to watch, even when playing an absurdly liberal warden (I know prisons sometimes have trustees, but allowing one to freely drive your daughter around the city, completely unsupervised?). And a lot of the great character actors show up, many of them classic noir faces: Whit Bissell, Ed Begley, Frank Faylen and especially Millard Mitchell.
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