Hellgate (1952)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  5 September 1952 (USA)
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Man is framed & sent to toughest prison in the territory.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilman S. Hanley
Ellen Hanley
Lt. Tod Voorhees
George Redfield
Jumper Hall
John Pickard ...
Gundy Boyd
Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
James Anderson ...
Vern Brechene (as Kyle James)
Richard Emory ...
Dan Mott
Dick Paxton ...
George Nye (as Richard Paxton)
William Hamel ...
Lt. Col. Woods (as William R. Hamel)
Marshall Bradford ...
Dr. Pelham
Sheb Wooley ...
Neill Price
Rory Mallinson ...
Pat Coleman ...


A man is accused of spying for the confedaracy, and sentenced to the notorious Hellgate Prison. After he unsuccessfully attempts to breakout, and is sentenced to solitary confinement, he redeems himself when the prison is taken down by a plague. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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NEW MEXICO'S NOTORIOUS UNDERGROUND DESERT PRISON! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Tor zur Hölle  »

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When Gil Hanley is in jail he is kissing his wife Ellen and his whole head is sticking out between the bars which are so far apart he could have slid out sideways between them. See more »

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Version of The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) See more »

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how could this western be ignored?
13 December 2009 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Charles Marquis Warren is a director, screenwriter and producer associated with tough westerns about tough people, most of them above average.This western is so good you wonder why it has been ignored. There have been many films about terrible prisons, but few make such a strong impression as this one. Sterling Hayden and James Arness, together in a cell, hating each other plus Ward Bond hating them both and you are sure to have a lot of action. Plus the prison where water has to be brought every month, and profits from the geography to build the cells. There is no way to escape, if the guards don't shoot, or the Indians, the desert will kill. Hayden has an excellent performance as Gilman Hanley, he barely talks but is able to express every emotion. Don't miss this one.

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