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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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Whit Whittier
R. Wright Campbell ...
Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Doll
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Jo-Anne
Harvey Stephens ...
Prison 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! 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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Tough, direct, and totally unsympathetic...
13 January 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Fred F. Sears directed this adaptation of Death Row inmate Caryl Chessman's memoirs of being the first criminal ever to be sentenced to death without actually murdering anyone (he fell under the Little Lindbergh Law, kidnapping with bodily harm to the victim). For unexplained reasons, screenwriter Jack DeWitt has changed Chessman's name here to Whit Whittier (!), but the film pulls no punches in detailing his crimes, from boyhood to hard-bitten adult. These episodes, in and out of the slammer, are like a textbook for pulpy B-movies, yet Sears never gets glossy (this is no film-noir). Still, the hammering Sears gives the viewer is exhausting (even at 75 minutes, the picture feels lengthy). Crime-buffs will be impressed, all others not enamored of the genre might get restless. Vince Edwards has a small part as one of Whittier's later co-horts, six years before his "Ben Casey" television series and he never even gets a close-up. ** from ****


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