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Cell 2455 Death Row (1955)

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Whit, condemned and awaiting execution, reviews the events of his life that has brought him to Cell 2455 on San Quentin's Death Row, a story he had told in a autobiography that became a ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Whit Whittier
R. Wright Campbell ...
Whit as a boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Doll
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Jo-Anne
Harvey Stephens ...
Warden
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Hamilton
Allen Nourse ...
Serl Whittier
Diane DeLaire ...
Hallie Whittier
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Whit, as a Young Boy (as Bart Bradley)
Paul Dubov ...
Al
Tyler MacDuff ...
Nugent
Buck Kartalian ...
Monk
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Blanche
Thom Carney ...
Hatcheck Charlie
Joseph Forte ...
Lawyer (as Joe Forte)
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Whit, condemned and awaiting execution, reviews the events of his life that has brought him to Cell 2455 on San Quentin's Death Row, a story he had told in a autobiography that became a sensational best-seller. As a boy, the young Whit stole groceries to help feed his impoverished family, later moving on into major crime to impress a young gang moll, Jo-Anne, and turns into a cold-blooded thug when he is repudiated by the girl he loves, Doll. And by his own lawyer when he is arrested and tried as the infamous Lover's Lane Bandit. In cell 2455, he studies law to the point where he wins stay after stay, twice within minutes of his scheduled execution. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Confession before the cameras by convicted "Lover's Lane" Bandit!

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19 April 1955 (USA)  »

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In March 1958, this film was being shown on a double bill with Bitter Victory (1957). See more »

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Version of Cela da Morte (1958) See more »

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Disappointing Take on Caryl Chessman's Story
22 January 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

William Campbell plays and narrates this movie with a sneer. He isn't a bad actor. He looks like Elvis Presley -- and I note he played his brother in an early Elvis vehicle. I don't think he looks much like Caryl Chessman. But that's Irrelevant: What disappointed me is that Chessan's story is sold short by the screenwriter and by director Sears.

Fred F. Sears had no equal in grinding out down and dirty little films noir in the fifties. I think the problem is that the topic required more than that: Chessman was a lightning rod. Everyone knew his story. I'm not saying a "Birdman of Alcatraz" approach would have been better. And probably there was trouble with the rights to the actual story.

Still, this doesn't convey the importance of Chessman's role in criminal law. It's not a boring movie. But it falls far short of what it could have been.


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