Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Omar Pinson (archive footage)
Det. Lt. Walsh (archive footage) (as Don Harvey)
Wayne Long (archive footage)
Frank Gerstle ...
Det. Fuller (archive footage)
Frank Richards ...
Slug Bennett (archive footage)
Kate MacKenna ...
Landlady (archive footage)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Mike Denike (archive footage)
William Justine ...
Louie Feth (archive footage)
Allan Ray ...
Larry Ogilvie (archive footage)
Truck Driver (archive footage)
Ed Colbrook ...
Pete - Pool Hall Operator (archive footage)
Charles Victor ...
Police Officer Rondeau (archive footage)
Robert Carson ...
Dr. Hall (archive footage) (as Bob Carson)
Girl in Car (archive footage)
Mike Ragan ...
Police Officer (archive footage)


Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

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Release Date:

26 February 1965 (West Germany)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A composite of three re-edited episodes of the 1952 television series of the same name, and released theatrically in 1954 as a feature film. Guns Don't Argue (1960) was a similar effort. See more »


In the version I saw on television in the late-1970s, Pinson, after being captured, explains to Walsh (via flashback) that he returned to consciousness after having been buried by Bennett and dug himself out of the shallow grave with his hands. See more »


Edited from Gang Busters (1952) See more »

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Mostly unremarkable crime story
16 May 1999 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Spin-off film from the 1952 American TV series of the same name. Mostly an unremarkable tale of a "master" criminal John Omar Pinson (Public Enemy No 4), his many escapes from Oregon State Prison, his return from death, and final downfall. Just what Pinson had done to deserve his 4th place ranking is not made clear - or how such a brilliant criminal mind could get himself re-arrested so easily after each breakout. Possibly worth watching for three reasons. The manner in which our hero extricates himself from the vigilant guards - surely cliched even in 1954 (hiding in a sack and being delivered a saw blade inside a bread roll?). Secondly, the wonderful bewhiskered disguise, complete with small decoy dog, which even Inspector Clouseau would have been embarrassed by. And last of all, one of the first screen sightings of a mobile phone even if it is the size of a small suitcase. Phillip Lord, as the narrator, tries to impart some gravatus by warning us against becoming too fond of this dangerous man and putting forward the case that overcrowding and bad conditions in US penitentiaries were responsible for a spate of breakouts. However, this film has absolutely nothing to do with the last point and we are unlikely to treat Pinson as a hero as he generates no sympathy at all. Terrible writing, appalling acting and a pedestrian plot. However, it did not prevent Myron Healy, who plays Pinson, from continuing a career that started in 1943 and was still going strong when he played a doctor in the dire comedy Little Giants in 1994. Best line? "In my twenty years of police work, it's the strangest thing I ever saw." The detective should get out more.

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