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Jail Bait (1954)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  12 May 1954 (USA)
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Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.



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Complete credited cast:
Inspector Johns
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Marilyn Gregor
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Don Gregor
John Robert Martin ...
Detective McCall
Lt. Bob Lawrence
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Dr. Boris Gregor
Timothy Farrell ...
Tedi Thurman ...
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Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

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Stay Away From Them... They're Jail Bait! See more »


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12 May 1954 (USA)  »

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The score was "borrowed" from Mesa of Lost Women (1953). See more »


Various scenes show the same shadow from a tree in the first scene in the house of the father. See more »


Inspector Johns: How can a great doctor have such a jerk for a son?
Lt. Bob Lawrence: The sins of the father?
Inspector Johns: No, Dr. Gregor's a great man, both in his personal life and his business life.
Lt. Bob Lawrence: Sounds like a man I'd like to meet.
Inspector Johns: You probably will, next time we pick up Don Gregor.
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Referenced in The Sinister Urge (1960) See more »

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JAIL BAIT (Edward D. Wood Jr., 1954) *1/2
1 May 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Not as well-known as Wood's notorious 'horror' output but this truly lamentable attempt at a film noir - demonstrating, if only in its ramshackle production values, an affinity with the cinema of Orson Welles and Edgar G. Ulmer - is at least equally inept and hilarious, if still emerging as perhaps his most tolerable effort!

It's practically a manual on how NOT to make a noir: despite a generous dose of hard-boiled - yet godawful - dialogue (particularly in the scenes depicting the gangster's constant bickering with his moll), the film has absolutely no sense of atmosphere, a headache-inducing and inappropriate score, an irrelevant musical number (in blackface, to boot!) and some of the worst, most amateurish acting you're ever likely to see! Perhaps the main culprit in this regard is elderly Herbert Rawlinson (who, amazingly, kept working on such rubbish when he was dying of lung cancer and, in fact, kicked the bucket a day after production wrapped!) as an eminent surgeon who has to contend with a delinquent son; the latter gets embroiled in armed robbery and murder and is subsequently killed by his associate, after the surgeon persuades him to give himself up to the Police. However, the gangster blackmails the old man into doing a makeshift job of plastic surgery in order to avoid capture - but, in perhaps the most uproarious scene of the entire film, the doctor discovers his son's corpse in the gangster's kitchen, without so much as a reaction, and decides to turn the tables on him. While not unpredictable, I must say that the twist ending works...but, unfortunately, the TV reception got screwed up during the last few minutes of the film, so I missed out on some of the details!

By the way, the younger of two cops who tail Rawlison's son throughout the film is none other than future peplum icon Steve Reeves in his film debut - and he looks as uncomfortable in a suit and tie as Chuck Heston!!

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