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State Penitentiary (1950)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 8 June 1950 (USA)
Roger Manners (Warner Baxter), a former aircraft manufacturer is wrongly accused and convicted of embezzlement of $400,000 and is given a long prison sentence. There he must decide rather ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Henry E. Helseth), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Richard Evans
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Shirley Manners
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Stanley Brown
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Mike Gavin
Brett King ...
Al 'Kid' Beaumont
John Bleifer ...
Jailbreak Jimmy
Leo Cleary ...
Warden-Narrator (as Leo T. Cleary)
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Tom - Prison Guard
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Roger Manners (Warner Baxter), a former aircraft manufacturer is wrongly accused and convicted of embezzlement of $400,000 and is given a long prison sentence. There he must decide rather or not to get involved in a prison break, or stay there while his wife, Shirley (Karin Booth), can prove his innocence by playing at romance with the real culprit. More stock footage and narration than dialogue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SAVAGE REALISM FILMED BEHIND PRISON WALLS ! (original poster - all caps)


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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Final film of Warner Baxter. See more »

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Early in the movie where Rger Manners(Warner Baxter) meets his new cell mate his cell mate Al 'Kid' Beaumont(Brett King)tells Manners that he was convicted of shooting someone in Des Moine Iowa. This make no sense considering that he is in the state prison in Nevada. See more »

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Life in the big House... circa 1950
1 April 2013 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Penitentiary starts with the narrator (Cleary) introducing the prison, and several of its most famous residents. It starts out sounding like a documentary, but we quickly see Roger Manners (Warner Baxter) entering the jail, having been convicted of some financial crime. He has the usual set of run-ins with other prisoners, who are testing him and giving him the run-around. Manners keeps his cool, and is kind of a lone wolf. To make things worse, his wife (Karin Booth) starts seeing "Stan" (Robert Shayne), who looks JUST like Manners, which is a little odd. They could be twins. Word about his wife gets back to Manners, and the other guys give him the business. Then he gets caught up in the various plans of the other prisoners, and things get all mixed up. Most of the story moves pretty slow... but it's not bad. Things pick up big-time in the last fifteen or twenty minutes. The story is pretty plain & simple, but there are worse ways to spend sixty six minutes... a Columbia shortie.

Story by Henry Helseth, who also wrote two other novels which were made into films; "Chair for Martin Rome" was made into Cry of the City, and "Un aller simple" became One Way Ticket. Directed by Lew Landers, who had acted in a couple of silents before directing films and a whole SLEW of TV series.


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