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Over the Wall (1943)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama | 25 December 1943 (USA)
After a Catholic priest is unhappily transferred out of the prison he loves, he has an opportunity to help reform an escaped convict.



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Cast overview:
Benny Vigo
Warden Ed


The Warners "Featurette" has Dane Clark as an escaped convict, and when a minister friend (Tom Tully) tracks him down, Clark threatens to shoot him. But the Minister prevails and the escapee returns to prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

25 December 1943 (USA)  »

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Featurettes (1943-1944 season) #2: Over the Wall  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1185A. See more »


The Minister: You've never cried, have you, Benny? Never tasted the salt of your own humanity? 'Tis a pity, lad, 'cause it's a pleasant taste. Unabashed tears are the great cleanser for the human heart.
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Back in the 1940s convicts were allowed to stash cars ,. . .
7 May 2015 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . just outside their prison walls, in case they made it over and needed to complete a quick getaway. The U.S. Constitution bars "cruel and unusual punishment," so penitentiary authorities lived by the motto, "You've Gotta Give 'Em Hope." Though most Lifers did not get reunited with their vehicles until after they completed their sentences, OVER THE WALL documents how "Benny Vigo" was the rare exception to this rule. By using a fake gun Benny escapes the state pen, and sure enough his car's there waiting for him with a fully-charged battery. (Doubtless prison officials supervised the trustees in their motor pool to keep every potential getaway vehicle in top-notch running order.) Then, as now, Papal Emissaries had the Final Say to rewrite how History happened for movie stories. Therefore, once Benny's gas-guzzling getaway car runs out of fuel, he bumps into the prison priest on the golf course. This Ecclesiastical Duffer soon convinces Benny that the food is too bland, and the tomatoes are smaller in the Real World than those to which he's become accustomed behind bars. So Benny joyfully rides back to jail for better grub.

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