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Hellgate (1952)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1952 (USA)
A man is framed and sent to toughest prison in the territory.

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Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Charles Marquis Warren (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Gilman S. Hanley
Joan Leslie ... Ellen Hanley
Ward Bond ... Lt. Tod Voorhees
James Arness ... George Redfield
Peter Coe ... Jumper Hall
John Pickard ... Gundy Boyd
Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
James Anderson ... Vern Brechene (as Kyle James)
Richard Emory ... Dan Mott
Dick Paxton Dick Paxton ... George Nye (as Richard Paxton)
William Hamel William Hamel ... Lt. Col. Woods (as William R. Hamel)
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Dr. Pelham
Sheb Wooley ... Neill Price
Rory Mallinson ... Banta
Pat Coleman Pat Coleman ... Hunchy
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A man is accused of spying for the confedaracy, and sentenced to the notorious Hellgate Prison. After he unsuccessfully attempts to breakout, and is sentenced to solitary confinement, he redeems himself when the prison is taken down by a plague. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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America's Devil's Island!...where a kiss opened the DOORWAY OF THE DAMNED! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellgate Prison See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of three films released in the US in 1952 featuring Robert J. Wilke and Sheb Wooley. The other two are High Noon (1952) and Cattle Town (1952). See more »

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When Gil Hanley is in jail, he is kissing his wife Ellen and his whole head is sticking out between the bars, which are so far apart he could have slid out sideways between them. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: KANSAS, 1867-- A STATE OVERRUN BY GUERRILLA TERRORISTS IN THE WAKE OF THE CIVIL WAR See more »

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Version of The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) See more »

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Familiar material with a different slant
4 December 2000 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

The early part of this story is the routine innocent-man-sent-to-prison story. Once Sterling Hayden arrives at the prison, however, things improve because of the unusual nature of the prison. It's located in a canyon near the southwestern tip of New Mexico. The canyon walls are more than 200 feet tall and beyond them lies a waterless desert patrolled by Pima Indians anxious to earn a reward for capturing any escapee. Prisoners are kept in underground cells. Punishment consists of being baked in metal coffins half-buried in the sand, or being whipped at a teasingly slow pace which allows the pain of each blow to sink in before the next one is delivered.

Seeing how Sterling Hayden reacts to this environment and how he eventually overcomes it makes for a western which rises a bit above its standard materials.


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