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Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 May 1951 (USA)
At California's Folsom Prison, escape attempts and riots are on the rise due to the old-school sadistic style of management of a brutal warden.

Director:

Crane Wilbur

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)
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Steve Cochran ... Chuck Daniels
David Brian ... Mark Benson
Philip Carey ... Red Pardue
Ted de Corsia ... Warden Ben Rickey (as Ted De Corsia)
Scott Forbes ... Jim Frazier
Michael Tolan ... Leo Daly (as Lawrence Tolan)
Dick Wesson ... Tinker
Paul Picerni ... Jeff Riordan
William Campbell ... Nick Ferretti
Edward Norris ... Sgt. Cliff Hart (as Eddie Norris)
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Another in a unrelated series of Warner's penitentiary tours in three different decades. This one is California's notorious Folsom Prison prior to its 1944 reformation make-over. Ben Rickey, the prison's sadistic old-school warden who believes that the prison system if for punishment rather than reformation, rules Folsom with an iron-hand. He highly resents his university-trained assistant, Mark Benson, who does not share Rickey's beliefs. Rickey, hoping the results will be disastrous, gives Benson permission to try his modern method. He tolerates Benson's innovations until convict "Red" Pardue is killed by another prisoner. Benson blames Rickey, who had refused Pardue protection after he had reported an escape attempt. Benson resigns and Rickey brings back his concentration-camp program. Chuck Daniels, a hardened convict, then stage his long-planned prison break. A bloody riot ensues in which Rickey is murdered and the escapees are accidentally killed by a dynamite blast while taking... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1000 convicts as dangerous as dynamite ... with a killer-warden who lit the fuse !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Steve Cochran , Philip Carey , and Paul Picerni also appeared together in The Tanks Are Coming 1951 . See more »

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The film, set in the 1920's , shows air holes drilled in the cell doors, something that was only done in Folsom in the 1940's. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator - Personification of Folsom Prison: I am Folsom Prison. At one time they called me "Bloody Folsom."
[laughs slightly]
Narrator - Personification of Folsom Prison: And I earned the name. I've been standing here in California since 1878. My own prisoners built me, shutting themselves off from the free world. Every block of my granite is cemented by their tears, their pain, and the blood of many men. This is a story from my rough, tough past. It happened not long ago after the turn of the century. At the time I tell about, I had within my walls a thousand dangerous ...
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The Walls Have Ears
8 July 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison", brutal warden Ted de Corsia (as Ben Rickey) cracks down hard on inmates who don't follow the rules, tripling sentences and making sure troublemakers are either shot dead or smacked upside the head. He favors hard-edged discipline, but newly arrived captain David Brian (as Mark Benson) wants Folsom to try a more humane approach with the prisoners. As the two men clash, the inmates contemplate the hellish conditions. Serving a life term, leader Steve Cochran (as Chuck Daniels) is planning an escape. Future "One Life to Live" star Philip Carey (as Red Pardue) wants to stay out of trouble...

Another in a long line of Warner Bros. productions encouraging better conditions those confined for wrongdoing, this one was written and directed by veteran actor Crane Wilbur. He makes the point. Supposedly, this film inspired Johnny Cash to write his classic "Folsom Prison Blues" (1955), but there are no train whistles, and plenty of sunshine herein; in fact, Mr. Cash copped his song from Gordon Jenkins' album "Seven Dreams" (1953). The escape plotted by Mr. Cochran is captivating. Early in the running time, "Dark Shadows" paroled convict Anthony George is the man holding the knife up near Mr. De Corsia's jugular.

****** Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (5/18/51) Crane Wilbur ~ Steve Cochran, David Brian, Philip Carey, Ted de Corsia


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Folsom See more »

Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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