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The Steel Cage (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | December 1954 (USA)
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Warden Clinton T. Duffy
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Gladys Duffy
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Louis, the Prison Chef (segment "The Chef")
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Al, a Ringleader (segment "The Hostages")
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Chet Harmon, a Ringleader (segment "The Hostages")
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Chaplain Harvey (segment "The Face")
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Steinberg, Convict Painter (segment "The Face")
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Charlie Rivers, Condemned Convict (segment "The Face")
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Lee Filbert (segment "The Chef")
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Solly, Convict Chef (segment "The Chef")
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Square, Convict (segment "The Hostages")
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Marie, Louie's Girl (segment "The Chef")
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Roy, Head Guard (segment "The Hostages")
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Prison Board Member Garvey (segment "The Hostages")
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Prison Board Member Alan Ferness (segment "The Hostages")
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RAW LIFE... REAL LIFE... inside San Quentin Prison! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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December 1954 (USA)  »

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La jaula de acero  »

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Using out-takes from "Duffy of San Quentin," some new footage, and additional players, the producers created this sequel. See more »

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Inside jail times three again
14 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This bland sequel to Duffy of San Quentin was also based on Warden Duffy's book. Again, the portmanteau format is used to tell three prison-based stories. Paul Kelly and Maureen O'Sullivan repeat their roles of Warden and Mrs. Duffy respectively. This time the three eps are clearly marked and even have separate script credits. From the lack of production values, the over-zealous use of close-ups and the piffling nature of the stories themselves, it's pretty obvious that this follow-up was primarily intended for TV. It's sad to see fine actors like Walter Slezak and Alan Mowbray reduced to this level of banality. Director Walter Doniger followed up with yet another jail drama, The Steel Jungle (1956), after which he worked mainly in TV, returning to features in 1962 with a baseball yarn, Safe at Home, and yet another inside-jail drama, House of Women.


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