Based on the book and the reflections of San Quentin Prison Warden Clinton T. Duffy, the film is episodic and rambling in nature but, unlike most prison dramas, there are touches of humor. Duffy, whose "time" at San Quentin covered over 50 years was initially appointed on a thirty-day basis, which makes him one of the best job-huggers of all time. Some of his first acts, such as abolishing the stool-pigeon system and solitary confinement and hiring a female nurse (Anne Halsey) were met with opposition and outrage in some quarters. The dominant story in the film is that of Edward Harper, a prisoner deemed incorrigible by the system until Duffy builds up trust and respect. His attitude was a bit justified as he was innocent of the charges that sent him to prison.
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First Came "The Hose"...the Hole...then came the worst punishment of all...THE DAME WHO PARADED BEFORE HIM EVERY DAY! (original print ad)
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Did You Know?
, who stars as the warden of San Quentin State Prison, had spent 25 months there during the 1920s, as a prisoner. He was convicted of manslaughter for the beating death of actor Ray Raymond
, the first husband of actress Dorothy Mackaye
, who was having an affair with Kelly and would later marry him. She was charged as an accomplice in Raymond's death for withholding evidence and was also imprisoned for 10 months. See more
Followed by The Steel Cage