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Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

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When young Danny Lambert runs away from camp in south-central Colorado, he becomes the object of a park-wide-search by his wealthy father Robertson Lambert. He is found by Jerry Barker and ... See full summary »

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Robertson Lambert (as Willis B. Bouchey)
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When young Danny Lambert runs away from camp in south-central Colorado, he becomes the object of a park-wide-search by his wealthy father Robertson Lambert. He is found by Jerry Barker and told to wait at an abandoned look-out tower while he goes for help. Instead, Barker calls the father and demands $200,000 ransom. The money is delivered and Barker buries most of it. Meanwhile, the panicky boy has fallen from the tower to his death, and Barker drops the body off a cliff. The FBI, led by James Madden, capture Barker but can't convict him of kidnapping and he is given only five years for extortion and sent to Casabel Island Prison. There he is assigned a cell with Rollo Lambar, Alamo Smith, Benny Kelly and Machine Gun Mason. The FBI have now traced an affiliation between Barker and Emily Evans, a nurse at Danny's camp. The five cell-mates, led by Rollo, who plans to kill Benny and dress him in Barker's clothes to throw off the police, execute an underwater prison escape, and head ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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We're bustin' out of this tomb... And we don't care how many of you we have to kill! See more »


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18 November 1955 (Belgium)  »

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Blutgeld  »

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(Turner library print)

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Shadow of equipment in foreground when the 3 escapees are talking about fishing with the park ranger on horseback. See more »

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Rollo Lamar: Any of you geniuses know what "apparently" means?
Leonard M. 'Alamo' Smith: "Apparently?"
Rollo Lamar: Yeah.
Benny Kelly: Yeah, it means that something that ain't, looks like it is.
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Bustin' out of the iron lung...
26 November 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Unintentional riot about a stony-faced extortionist (Ralph Meeker) arrested and copping a plea bargain with the courts, ending up in an impenetrable prison. Meeker's link to the kidnapping/disappearance of a child makes him quite unpopular with his cell-mates (including Charles Bronson, pumped up and perusing muscle magazines); fortunately for Ralph, this cell-block gang--led by a wily but not quite brutish Broderick Crawford--already have a break-out plan in the works. Film features the kind of "sinister", super-grave voice-over narration later popularized on the "Dragnet" TV show. Reviewers point out how ahead of its time the brutality was, and it's true that one killing is a bit shocking. However the rest of the picture is so low-budget (and drowsily low-key) that one begins to laugh out of sheer restlessness. The frenzied finale picks up some of the slack, ending on a jaw-dropping note. ** from ****


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