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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 »

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Whit Whittier
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Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Doll
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Jo-Anne
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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
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Nugent
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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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The birth name for Caryl Chessman is Carol Whittier Chessman, and his father's name is Whittier Serl Chessman. Whit Whittier is the name used for the convict. See more »

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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 »

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Whit Whittier: [narrating] What stage does a wayward boy turn into a delinquent? I guess you don't suddenly 'turn' - you 'curve' in.
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Version of Cela da Morte (1958) 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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