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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.

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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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Budget:

$22,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Herbert Rawlinson's final film before his death on July 12, 1953 at the age of 67. He died the morning after his last scene was shot; it is obvious throughout the film that he is having trouble breathing. See more »

Goofs

After the operation to change Vic Brady's face, the first time the bandages come off, the scar on his forehead runs diagonal from the top of his nose to well above the eye. However when he's shot by the pool, the scar runs laterally across the middle of his forehead. See more »

Quotes

Vic Brady: They've had my picture in the files so long it's getting moldy.
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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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JAIL BAIT (Edward D. Wood Jr., 1954) *1/2
1 May 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Not as well-known as Wood's notorious 'horror' output but this truly lamentable attempt at a film noir - demonstrating, if only in its ramshackle production values, an affinity with the cinema of Orson Welles and Edgar G. Ulmer - is at least equally inept and hilarious, if still emerging as perhaps his most tolerable effort!

It's practically a manual on how NOT to make a noir: despite a generous dose of hard-boiled - yet godawful - dialogue (particularly in the scenes depicting the gangster's constant bickering with his moll), the film has absolutely no sense of atmosphere, a headache-inducing and inappropriate score, an irrelevant musical number (in blackface, to boot!) and some of the worst, most amateurish acting you're ever likely to see! Perhaps the main culprit in this regard is elderly Herbert Rawlinson (who, amazingly, kept working on such rubbish when he was dying of lung cancer and, in fact, kicked the bucket a day after production wrapped!) as an eminent surgeon who has to contend with a delinquent son; the latter gets embroiled in armed robbery and murder and is subsequently killed by his associate, after the surgeon persuades him to give himself up to the Police. However, the gangster blackmails the old man into doing a makeshift job of plastic surgery in order to avoid capture - but, in perhaps the most uproarious scene of the entire film, the doctor discovers his son's corpse in the gangster's kitchen, without so much as a reaction, and decides to turn the tables on him. While not unpredictable, I must say that the twist ending works...but, unfortunately, the TV reception got screwed up during the last few minutes of the film, so I missed out on some of the details!

By the way, the younger of two cops who tail Rawlison's son throughout the film is none other than future peplum icon Steve Reeves in his film debut - and he looks as uncomfortable in a suit and tie as Chuck Heston!!


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