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Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

Jerry Barker finds a lost boy whose rich father is extorted into paying a ransom for his return but the boy accidentally dies and Jerry goes to prison.

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Alamo Smith (as Lon Chaney)
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Emily Euridice Evans (as Randy Farr)
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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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(Turner library print)

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Motion picture debut of actress Felicia Farr, credited onscreen as Randy Farr. See more »

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Rollo Lamar: I'm gonna kidnap a kidnapper for the money he kidnapped for.
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Dirty, Gritty Crime Noir
13 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

One of the dirtiest, grittiest crime noirs to come out of the 1950s. It's about a man, Jerry Barker, that kidnaps a sick child, holds him hostage and asks the father for ransom money for the safe return of the child. Barker gets his money but the boy ends up dead and Barker in prison. He became known as The Ice Man in the news papers and well hated in prison for killing a child. Barker's troubles become worse inside the penitentiary.

Great casting, superb acting, cinematography is beautiful and a story that can leave you on the edge of your seat.

A worthwhile crime-prison film to watch. It is really rough at times but a darn good film. Great to see this one again!

9/10


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