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Jail Bait -- 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. This is Steve Reeves' first speaking part.
Jail Bait -- A rebellious young man ends up partnering with a career criminal, who leads down a path of crime, all the while the young man keeps his activities a secret from his father, a plastic surgeon, and his sister.


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Release Date:
12 May 1954 (USA) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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Is Ed Wood a cardboard cutout?
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 November 2011, 5:53 AM, PST)

DVD Review: Cult Icon Collected in ‘Big Box of Wood’
 (From 4 August 2011, 11:40 AM, PDT)

DVD: DVD: Big Box Of Wood
 (From The AV Club. 2 August 2011, 10:00 PM, PDT)

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An Ed Wood-Style Crime Drama See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Johns

Dolores Fuller ... Marilyn Gregor

Herbert Rawlinson ... Doctor Gregor

Steve Reeves ... Lieutenant Bob Lawrence
Clancy Malone ... Don Gregor
Timothy Farrell ... Vic Brady
Tedi Thurman ... Loretta (as Theodora Thurman)

Bud Osborne ... Night Watchman
Mona McKinnon ... Miss Willis
Don Nagel ... Detective Davis
John Robert Martin ... Detective McCall
La Vada Simmons ... Miss Lytell
Regina Claire ... Newspaper Woman
John Avery ... Police Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Bederski ... Suspect in Police Station (uncredited)
Conrad Brooks ... Medical Attendant / Photographer (uncredited)
Ted Brooks ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chick Watts ... Nightclub Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cotton Watts ... Nightclub Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Radio News Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
Writing credits
Alex Gordon (story) and
Edward D. Wood Jr. (story)

Alex Gordon (screenplay) and
Edward D. Wood Jr. (screenplay)

Produced by
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin  (as Hoyt Kurtain)
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Clement 
Igo Kantor 
Costume Design by
Gene D. Evans (dresses)
Makeup Department
John Sylvester .... makeup artist
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Dale Knight .... sound
Charles Clemmons .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Harl Foltz .... lighting
Larry Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Location Management
Larry Moses .... location manager
Other crew
Vicki Cottle .... dialogue coach
Esko .... production assistant
Joy N. Houck .... presenter
Jerry Mann .... ladies suits
J. Francis White .... presenter
Vicki Nagel .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Italy:T | Spain:T | UK:A (orginal rating) | UK:PG (1995) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #16988)
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Did You Know?

The film was the first film credit of Steve Reeves. He was previously a bodybuilder. He went on to a notable film career.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The police car has no markings on the door, front or rear.See more »
Dr. Boris Gregor:Plastic surgery, at times, seems to me to be very, VERY complicated.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in On the Trail of Ed Wood (1990)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An Ed Wood-Style Crime Drama, 13 February 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

In "Jail Bait", Ed Wood applies his boundless enthusiasm and limited talent to the crime movie genre. From a technical viewpoint, it's actually one of his less unsound features, although that cuts down somewhat on the unintentional laughs that it provides. The story is actually pretty solid, and could have served as the basis for a pretty good film-noir. Most of its weaknesses are in the acting, pacing, and dialogue, plus the occasional zany out-of-place detail.

The story uses a basically familiar setup, but adds a couple of extra components to it. Lyle Talbot and Steve Reeves play a pair of policemen investigating the misdeeds of a young man whose father is a highly respected doctor. The doctor and his daughter, meanwhile, try to protect the son both from the police and from the career criminal who has led him astray. For the most part, the story is conventional but believable, with a rather clever ending.

Most of the rest of the production does not come up to the level of the story. The ever-loyal Talbot gives his typically earnest performance, trying to make the dialogue sound as good as possible, while enduring some amusingly awkward interactions with the stilted Reeves. The rest of the cast is generally nondescript, and sometimes noticeably out of their depth.

The dialogue contains some of the expected unintentional laughs, and the characters often overexert themselves on unnecessary exposition or on pointing out details that were already completely obvious. The pacing, likewise, is inconsistent from scene to scene, although with fewer of the kinds of direction and editing slip-ups that generally characterize Wood's features.

No one could ever deny that Wood loved making movies, and he made sincere efforts to make them as well as he could, which is what has kept his movies so watchable despite their shortcomings. "Jail Bait" attempts to emulate the classics of its genre, but it is severely limited by the lack of talent and other resources.

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