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Revolt in the Big House (1958)

Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.

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Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.

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21 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Mit dem Messer im Rücken  »

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Emile Meyer , who plays the warden , also played the warden in Riot In Cell Block 11 ( 1954 ) . See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »

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7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another prison revolt/escape movie, this time it's Allied Artists that tries for that Warner Bros. stock story. Gene Evans plays the new boss-like inmate with a 20-year sentence that he's not about to tolerate. He rouses everyone he meets with the idea of breaking out. But Evan's character is more slippery than you think, giving the film its only strength, story-wise. He's got tricks up his sleeve, and a cold, cold heart that's revealed at the end. Evans is solid, as is Robert Blake who struggles with a Mexican accent but gets a lot of dialogue and handles it well. The standout is Timothy Carey, playing the half-smart tough guy inmate used like all the others by Evans. Carey is convincingly creepy and menacing... aw heck, he's just plain weird throughout.

Not a bad little movie, but it does take a while to get going, and the titled "revolt" doesn't occur until late in the proceedings, and shows the budget limitations (the staging is mostly awful, too) and ends fairly quickly. Doesn't hold a candle to the energetic old Warner Bros. prison thrillers.


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