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Outside the Wall (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 February 1950 (USA)
A paroled convict's infatuation with a gold-digger nurse working at a sanitarium leads him to crime.

Director:

Crane Wilbur

Writers:

Henry Edward Helseth (story), Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Basehart ... Larry Nelson
Marilyn Maxwell ... Charlotte Maynard
Signe Hasso ... Celia Bentner
Dorothy Hart ... Ann Taylor
Joseph Pevney ... Gus Wormser
Lloyd Gough ... Red Chaney
Harry Morgan ... Garth (as Henry Morgan)
John Hoyt ... Jack Bernard
Mickey Knox ... Latzo
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Larry Nelson, paroled from prison after serving nearly half of his thirty-year sentence, is determined to not fall into the clutches of the law again, and takes a quiet job at a country sanitarium. Thete, he meets and falls for a nurse, Charlotte Maynard, and he knows the only way to enter her web is to have a lot of money, for Miss Maynard is somewhat of a gold-digger. There is a $1,000,000 robbery of an armored car, and one of the robbery gang turns up at the sanitarium. So Nelson works a money-making, shady deal with an inmate, but soon finds himself a clay pigeon for other members of the gang. Meanwhile,sweet-and-wholesome nurse, Ann Taylor, is doing her best to make Larry see he needs to take another direction. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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All I know about dames I heard in prison ... now I can find out for myself !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1950 (USA) See more »

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Homem Marcado See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Something Rare: A Philadelphia Noir
11 December 2006 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

OUTSIDE THE WALL is a solid B crime movie that delivers everything the genre promises. It's not truly a Film Noir, since it only hints at the dark workings of Fate behind the scenes. The movie might make a nice comparison with TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, released the next year. In both films, an ex-con, newly released, runs into trouble despite their pretty naive aspirations and innocuous personalities.

Probably the main distinguishing characteristic of OUTSIDE THE WALL is the use of Philadelphia locations. It's always fascinating to see a large city back in the middle of the last century. We are usually shown L.A. or N.Y., the Pennsylvania metropolis makes a welcome change.

At the top of the cast list is Richard Basehart. Pretty much an asset in any film, Basehart carries the lead perfectly. His boyish good looks serve the character, a still-young man who never had a chance to experience the world before he was thrown into prison. When he's let out, Basehart meets a stream of women, most of them unworthy of his attentions. Marliyn Maxwell is also well-cast as a brittle, materialistic nurse whom Basehart encounters in his first legitimate job. Her influence leads him to rejoin the criminal life, and plenty of trouble ensues. Among the rest of the cast are Noir favorites, Joseph Pevney, the incredibly prolific John Hoyt and Harry Morgan (who here plays a crime boss with gusto), . Dolores Hart plays Basehart's possible love interest, while Signe Hasso is almost wasted as a money-hungry gangster's wife.


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