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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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A portmanteau movie in disguise See more (2 total) »


  (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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A portmanteau movie in disguise, 14 September 2013
Author: JohnHowardReid

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Although the screenplay is based on The San Quentin Story by Clinton Duffy and Dean Jennings, this movie emerges as a slow prison drama. Actually, the script divides into three clearly stand-alone episodes and could justly be described as a portmanteau film. The first and third episodes are actually fairly interesting, despite the fact that the first is a routine, thoroughly conventional story about the new prison warden versus the sadistic captain of the guards, plus the tough convict the warden reforms. The third episode revolves around that old chestnut about the state prosecutor himself being sent to jail. However, it's a tribute to the acting, the photography and Walter Doniger's driving direction that these segments come across fairly well. But nothing can save the second segment, a long-winded account of the female prison hospital nurse versus resentful male subordinates. Unfortunately, Doniger obviously found this ep as uninteresting to him as it is to us. His work is dull, utilizing very little camera movement and relying almost wholly on close-up after close-up. With John Alton on camera, this procedure also draws attention to the presence of some really ancient stock shots. U.K. release title: Men Behind Bars.

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