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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilman S. Hanley
Ellen Hanley
Lt. Tod Voorhees
George Redfield
Jumper Hall
Gundy Boyd
Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
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
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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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 »


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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Familiar material with a different slant
4 December 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The early part of this story is the routine innocent-man-sent-to-prison story. Once Sterling Hayden arrives at the prison, however, things improve because of the unusual nature of the prison. It's located in a canyon near the southwestern tip of New Mexico. The canyon walls are more than 200 feet tall and beyond them lies a waterless desert patrolled by Pima Indians anxious to earn a reward for capturing any escapee. Prisoners are kept in underground cells. Punishment consists of being baked in metal coffins half-buried in the sand, or being whipped at a teasingly slow pace which allows the pain of each blow to sink in before the next one is delivered.

Seeing how Sterling Hayden reacts to this environment and how he eventually overcomes it makes for a western which rises a bit above its standard materials.

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