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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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Complete credited cast:
Richard Evans
Shirley Manners
Stanley Brown
Mike Gavin
Brett King ...
Al 'Kid' Beaumont
John Bleifer ...
Jailbreak Jimmy
Leo Cleary ...
Warden-Narrator (as Leo T. Cleary)
Tom - Prison Guard


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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8 June 1950 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although all prison scenes were filmed at the Nevada State Penitentiary in Canon City, this was not the locale of the film story's penitentiary, which is defined by the narrator only as "42 miles from the nearest city" and "by a river", neither of which would fit the site of the Nevada State Penitentiary. See more »


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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Convict Warner Baxter and his wife, Karin Booth, try to prove his innocence
22 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his last movie, "State Penitentiary" (1950), innocent Warner Baxter enters state prison after being convicted of embezzlement of $400,000. Wanting the loot, cellmate Richard Benedict involves Baxter in an escape attempt. Detective Onslow Stevens pressures Baxter to give up the cash. He motivates Baxter's wife (Karin Booth) to put her own plan into action, and that involves dallying with Robert Shayne and divorce from Baxter. Baxter's other frictions from the convicts also keep the story moving.

The film benefits from location shooting in a Nevada prison and from an experienced b-movie team assembled by Columbia. Some official narration works well, relates to the story and doesn't seem overbearing as in some movies. The story is fresh. Baxter's lead is firm. Not all prison movies are noirs. While no "Brute Force", this movie retains certain noir features. The justice system has erred. Baxter is quite bitter and alienated. The photography in two separate prison escape sequences heightens the feeling of confinement. Booth goes quite far to secure Baxter's innocence.

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