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Jailbreak (1962)

Gaolbreak (original title)
A family of burglars and safecrackers plan a heist at a jewelry store. When one of the family--who is the safecracking expert--gets arrested and jailed, they hatch a plan to break him out so he can take part in the robbery.

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Peter Reynolds ...
Eddie Wallis
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Mrs. Wallis (as Avice Landon)
David Kernan ...
Len Rogerson
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Carol Marshall
John Blythe ...
Slim
David Gregory ...
Ron Wallis
Robert Desmond ...
Page
Stewart Guidotti ...
John
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Dr. Cambus
Robert Fyfe ...
Wally
Carl Bernard ...
Inspector Brand
Katharine Page ...
Mrs. Harris
Sidney Vivian ...
Mr. Marshall
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Marshall
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A family of burglars and safecrackers plan a heist at a jewelry store. When one of the family--who is the safecracking expert--gets arrested and jailed, they hatch a plan to break him out so he can take part in the robbery.

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April 1962 (UK)  »

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With key input from his mom, Peter Reynolds engineers a jail break and a jewelry heist
22 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While viewers seem to find merit in many of the shorter British crime films from the 50s and 60s, they tend to dump on those made by Butcher's. They are indeed below the general quality. But their negatives don't make them terrible or unwatchable, and they frequently have a good many merits. In this one, we have a fatherless crime family. Mom is in some ways the head of the board of directors and Peter Reynolds is the president and chief executive officer. Her participation is interesting. A neat heist forms their focus for this crime story. Through a collector, they latch on to a jewel collection to be sold at auction. They have a clever way of getting the jewels out of the country. Their main obstacle is that their safecracking brother is in jail. Hence, we first get a jailbreak. This is pretty amateurish and easy by any movie standards. The planning and geography of it are what make it watchable. It brings with it complications when one of those escaping is not a family member.

Peter Reynolds as usual affords us a more than competent performance. Carol White attracts attention too as does mom, Avice Landone.


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