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Within These Walls (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 23 December 1946 (Portugal)
Michael Howland, a stern hanging judge, is assigned to take over a chaotic prison. There Michael imposes a strict regime of discipline on the inmates. He is similarly rigid and harsh with ... See full summary »

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

James B. Fisher (story), Eugene Ling | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Mitchell ... Warden Michael Howland
Mary Anderson ... Anne Howland
Edward Ryan Edward Ryan ... Tommie Howland
Mark Stevens ... Steve Purcell
B.S. Pully B.S. Pully ... Harry Bowser
Roy Roberts ... Martin 'Marty' Deutsch
John Russell ... Rogers
Norman Lloyd ... Peter Moran
Harry Shannon ... Head Guard 'Mac' McCafferty
Edward Kelly Edward Kelly ... Convict Michael Callahan
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Hobey Jenkins
Ralph Dunn ... Pearson
Dick Rush Dick Rush ... Station agent
William Halligan William Halligan ... Collins
Fred Graham ... Guard
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Michael Howland, a stern hanging judge, is assigned to take over a chaotic prison. There Michael imposes a strict regime of discipline on the inmates. He is similarly rigid and harsh with his own two children Tommie and Anne. However, his son Tommie Howland eventually ends up incarcerated in his father's prison. Written by Robert

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1946 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Muros de Expiação See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

I Wish I Knew
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the phonograph and danced by Tommie and Ann
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A very watchable B
21 November 2014 | by marilynhenrySee all my reviews

This was the kind of film that was the bottom bill and I saw it when I was a teen. I don't recall precise plot points, but I remember the actors, and especially one, Mark Stevens. When he came on, I sat up straighter in my seat. Here was someone who I felt was going to be a star. He had that magnetism, that thing with the camera. Thomas Mitchell was a decent character actor who did good work in this and while I was not a fan, Edward Ryan was good as the rebellious son. And Mary Anderson, who did so many Bs, was okay, too. But Mark really stood out.

When I got home, I immediately wrote a fan letter to Mark Stevens, telling him I was sure I'd be seeing him starring in movies soon, that he was destined for stardom. I received a very friendly, appreciative letter from him and included was a gorgeous 8x10 photo of him, personally signed. (the studios seldom sent photos of that size.) And I was right--Mark was co-starring with Joan Fontaine a year later. And with her sister a year after.

That had to have been at least 68 years ago and I still have that photo. One evening I was watching a 50-some rerun of Murder She Wrote, not paying close attention, and I heard a voice. I knew that voice and I stared at the actor. He looked so familiar, an older, white haired man--and it dawned on me. Mark Stevens! I waited for the credits and yes, it was Mark.

So this film has been embedded in my brain all these years


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