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16 March 1954 (USA) See more »
A group of prisoners are planning an escape. They take hostages. Warden Duffy tries to convince one of the inmates that their plight is useless, and to give up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Louis Hayward ... Edward 'Romeo' Harper

Joanne Dru ... Anne Halsey
Paul Kelly ... Warden Clinton T. Duffy

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Gladys Duffy

George Macready ... John C. Winant

Horace McMahon ... Pierson
Irving Bacon ... Doc Sorin
Joel Fluellen ... Bill Lake

Joe Turkel ... Frank Roberts (as Joseph Turkel)
Jonathan Hale ... Boyd
Michael McHale ... Pinto
Peter Brocco ... Nealy
Marshall Bradford ... Lowell - Convict in Hospital Ward

DeForest Kelley ... Eddie Lee - Police Detective
Sandy Aaronson ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barrows ... Convict (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Convict (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Prison Board Member (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Convict (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Judge (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Convict in Hospital Ward (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Convict (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Convict (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ... Convict (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Whitley - Convict (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Lou - Convict (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Doniger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walter Doniger 
Clinton T. Duffy  book "The San Quentin Story"
Dean Jennings  book "The San Quentin Story"
Berman Swarttz 

Produced by
Walter Doniger .... producer
Berman Swarttz .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
Film Editing by
Edward Sampson 
Chester W. Schaeffer 

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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #16308, General Audience)

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Utilizing unused out-takes from this film with Kelly and O'Sullivan and shooting new footage with other actors, the producers created a sequel, "The Steel Cage."See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Prison Reform Film, 12 November 2015
Author: GeoPierpont from Los Angeles, CA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I had no idea that San Quentin was in Marin County California. So my sojourn into prison life began with this film. What a journey and very impressed with the treatment of the delicate subject of wrongly imprisoned inmates. I was horrified by the corporal punishment routinely relinquished by hardened guards.

I have no experience in trying to tame unruly, ruthless, evil criminals and imagine that San Quentin saw the worst of them. How could a brand new warden make an impact. Well, this story provides an insight on how to make a difference. How well this Hollywood version is true to the facts is unknown but I know well that one person can definitely make a difference in this world.

High recommend for perspectives on obstinate determined and wife loving wardens who strive for excellence. I pray for the many wrongfully imprisoned people who deserve a second chance to prove their innocence.

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