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Jail Bait (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 May 1954 (USA)
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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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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The narrative of the film has a tighter structure and a more coherent story line than most other films made by the notorious Edward D. Wood Jr.. This may be attributed to co-writer Alex Gordon. See more »

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After the operation to change Vic Brady's face, the first time the bandages come off, the scar on his forehead runs diagonal from the top of his nose to well above the eye. However when he's shot by the pool, the scar runs laterally across the middle of his forehead. See more »

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Marilyn Gregor: You know that gun is jail bait!
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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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