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 overview, first billed only:
Whit Whittier
R. Wright Campbell ...
Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Harvey Stephens ...
Prison Warden
Allen Nourse ...
Serl Whittier
Diane DeLaire ...
Hallie Whittier
Whit, as a Young Boy (as Bart Bradley)
Paul Dubov ...
Tyler MacDuff ...
Buck Kartalian ...
Thom Carney ...
Hatcheck Charlie
Joseph Forte ...
Lawyer (as Joe Forte)


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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THE BEST-SELLER ACTUALLY WRITTEN IN THE DEATH CELL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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19 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Despite being promoted as the true story of Caryl Chessman, on whose book it was based, 'Cell 2455 Death Row' names its lead character 'Whit Whittier' and carries the usual disclaimer during the title credits: "The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional". See more »


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Brilliant, Overlooked Film
29 September 2003 | by (Lincoln, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Brutal, fast moving crime thriller from deeply underrated director Fred F. Sears, who cranked out numerous westerns, crime thrillers, science fiction, comedy, horror, and musical features for producer Sam Katzman in the 1950s. This film isn't available on DVD or VHS, and more's the pity; it's easily better than most of the Don Siegel, Andre de Toth, or Budd Boetticher crime films of that era. Why Sears has never gotten the respect he deserves is easy to understand; he also directed junk, like THE GIANT CLAW. But his best known films, including ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK and EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS with superb effects by Ray Harryhausen are remarkable accomplishments, and Sears is long overdue for a career retro.

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