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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whit Whittier
Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ...
Prison Warden
Allen Nourse ...
Serl Whittier
Diane DeLaire ...
Hallie Whittier
Whit, as a Young Boy (as Bart Bradley)
Paul Dubov ...
Tyler MacDuff ...
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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19 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Cell Block  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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In March 1958, this film was being shown on a double bill with Bitter Victory (1957). See more »


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 »


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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Lover's Lane Bandit
13 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a about a guy named Whit Whittier, (William Campbell) who is really playing the role of Caryl Chessman who wrote this book and is a person who has a long wrap sheet full of crime and eventually winds up on Death Row in San Quentin Prison, California. Whit grew up in a nice family in California and had a good home and a great mom and dad who loved him very much. However, Whit had his own ideas and decided to steal and got caught in almost everything he did and spent a great deal of time behind bars. As soon as Whit was released from prison he would join up with another bunch of crooks and face another jail sentence. He had a blonde sweetheart named Doll, (Marion Carr) who loved him and was faithful to him whenever he needed her help and love. There was a crime being committed by a man who was called the Lovers Lane Vandit who would creep up and attack young women who were with their boyfriends on a date and rape them. After awhile people began to suspect Whit Whittier as the man committing these crimes and he was then arrested and sent to prison. This is a true to life story about a man called Caryl Chessman who was killed on death row in 1960.

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