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Jail Bait (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 May 1954 (USA)
Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writers:

Alex Gordon (story), Edward D. Wood Jr. (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Johns
Dolores Fuller ... Marilyn Gregor
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Gregor
Steve Reeves ... Lieutenant Bob Lawrence
Clancy Malone Clancy Malone ... Don Gregor
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Vic Brady
Tedi Thurman Tedi Thurman ... Loretta (as Theodora Thurman)
Bud Osborne ... Night Watchman / Mac
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Miss Willis
Don Nagel Don Nagel ... Detective Davis
John Robert Martin John Robert Martin ... Detective McCall
La Vada Simmons La Vada Simmons ... Miss Lytell
Regina Claire Regina Claire ... Newspaper Woman
John Avery John Avery ... Police Doctor
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Storyline

Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Changing the Face of Crime Forever! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Face See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin and previously used in Mesa of Lost Women (1953). It makes use of a flamenco guitar and a piano, with their sounds combined in what seems to be a free jazz composition. See more »

Goofs

During the final shoot out, after Vic Brady is shot, the police man that Brady killed earlier can be seen sitting up behind Lyle Talbot. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Johns: How can a great doctor have such a jerk for a son?
Lt. Bob Lawrence: The sins of the father?
Inspector Johns: No, Dr. Gregor's a great man, both in his personal life and his business life.
Lt. Bob Lawrence: Sounds like a man I'd like to meet.
Inspector Johns: You probably will, next time we pick up Don Gregor.
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Alternate Versions

Released onto home video as a "Director's Cut," in which a striptease scene replaces the original segment of a blackface entertainer. See more »

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Features Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951) See more »

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Fascinating
20 September 2004 | by lbkSee all my reviews

Yes, it's inept directing, bad acting, illogical continuity etc. etc.

But it's fascinating! Everybody can do a cheap shot at Wood and repeat the degrading clichés but it is my impression that most people don't judge for themselves or play along for the ride. It's worth it. It is a fact that hallmarks of a "good movie" are: 1) it entertained you, 2) you remember it with enthusiasm. And it did both for me.

The music was so bold and different and had everything to do with creating the atmosphere in the film. I really liked it because I felt it worked for it's purpose. It gave the film it's very own identity.

I would anytime rather see an Ed Wood film than most of the Hollywood clichés poured out these days. I prefer Ed Wood for Steven Spielberg any day because you feel Wood does it for his own sake, not just to please the lowest denominator.


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