A government official arranges prison breaks as a sideline, but the police steps in and his gang is caught.

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Lee Patterson ...
George Munro
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Rita Arkwright
Terence Alexander ...
Farrow
William Lucas ...
Chandler
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Arkwright
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Rose Munro
Dermot Kelly ...
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Estelle Brody ...
Maureen O'Quinn
Rupert Davies ...
Morgan
Lloyd Lamble ...
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First released to cinemas in England as a second feature, it was later in 1961 screened on American Television as the 4th episode of Kraft Mystery Theater (1959). See more »

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Edited into Kraft Mystery Theater: Breakout (1961) See more »

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Suceess or failure depends on the details
5 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Breakout" (1959) is a neat and short Britnoir that shows all phases of a prison breakout done from the outside. We see planning, execution, getaway and aftermath. Lee Patterson is hired by William Lucas and Terence Alexander to devise and carry out a plan to spring investment fraudster John Paul from a medium-security prison. Awaiting Paul on the outside is Hazel Court, but she gets involved with bachelor Alexander. Patterson's second occupation keeps his wife Billie Whitelaw in the dark; she wants a TV and Patterson doesn't like debt, so this is his way of getting ready cash. The plan requires getting a man inside. Dermot Kelly is the one, achieving a 30-day sentence by starting a barroom brawl.

This is a well-staged and photographed film that looks great in its newly released version. The short British b-films of this era are in a (high) class by themselves.

I cannot find the name of the black actor who appears in this film as a garage mechanic, not even in the uncredited list. He has a Jamaican or island accent, although not strong. Still, I thought that this casting added a bit of realism.


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