6.5/10
170
11 user 3 critic

Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 April 1955 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based upon the book by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

City of Fear (1959)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A vicious killer escapes from San Quentin with a cannister of what he believes to be heroin but is actually a radioactive substance that threatens all Los Angeles.

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Vince Edwards, Lyle Talbot, John Archer
Convicted (1950)
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A D.A. becomes the prison warden where he tries to help an inmate he prosecuted, because he believes his sentence was excessive.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Millard Mitchell
Sci-Fi | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Henry Hull
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter
Pushover (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An escaped convict decides to quit running and turn himself and his fellow escapee in to the authorities - but not without complications.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Johnny Desmond, Merry Anders, Richard Devon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Whit Whittier
...
Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Doll
...
Jo-Anne
...
Prison Warden
...
Hamilton
Allen Nourse ...
Serl Whittier
Diane DeLaire ...
Hallie Whittier
...
Whit, as a Young Boy (as Bart Bradley)
Paul Dubov ...
Al
Tyler MacDuff ...
Nugent
...
Monk
...
Blanche
Thom Carney ...
Hatcheck Charlie
Joseph Forte ...
Lawyer (as Joe Forte)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Times, Crimes and Confessions of the Lover's Lane Bandit! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cell Block  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Whit and his associates steal the police car, authorities are notified in real time and a car chase begins, but how would the cops whose car was stolen be able to report it if their car was stolen? See more »

Quotes

Whit Whittier: [narrating] What stage does a wayward boy turn into a delinquent? I guess you don't suddenly 'turn' - you 'curve' in.
See more »

Connections

Version of Cela da Morte (1958) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?