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Hellgate (1952)

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

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Gilman S. Hanley
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Ellen Hanley
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George Redfield
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Jumper Hall
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Gundy Boyd
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Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
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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
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Neill Price
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Banta
Pat Coleman ...
Hunchy
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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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5 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Hellgate Prison  »

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Closing credits: All events, characters, firms and institutions in this photoplay are fictional and any similarity to any persons living or dead or to any actual events or to any actual firms or institutions is coincidental and unintentional. See more »

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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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Opening credits prologue: KANSAS, 1867-- A STATE OVERRUN BY GUERRILLA TERRORISTS IN THE WAKE OF THE CIVIL WAR See more »

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Version of The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980) See more »

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Excellent western
3 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Moves4Men channel on British TV is providing me with some excellent films that I wouldn't otherwise have seen (as well as some recordings which I delete within ten minutes of starting to view). "Hellgate" is one of the grittiest Westerns I've seen, especially considering that it was released in 1952, when the rigours portrayed on screen were usually somewhat muted.

The characters sweat copiously, their clothes are filthy and they show evidence of having no access to razors - in contrast to too many action films where the actors remain remarkably clean and well-shaven.

One reviewer here has referred to Ward Bond being "inexpressive", but he certainly looked thuggish to me, and Robert Wilke was as malevolent as ever. Perhaps Joan Leslie was a tad too pretty? The way the film ended was a bit anti-climatic and I would have liked to see a bit more soul-searching going on before the concluding decision was made.

I'm very glad to have watched this film.


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