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Jail Busters (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 September 1955 (USA)
Chuck, a reporter for The Blade newspaper, gets beaten up while trying to get a story on prison corruption, and the rest of the Bowery Boys, Slip, Sach, and Butch, get themselves arrested ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Edward Bernds (screenplay), Elwood Ullman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky
Barton MacLane ... Captain Jenkins, Head Guard
Anthony Caruso ... Percival P. Lannigan
Percy Helton ... Warden B.W. Oswald
David Gorcey ... Charles 'Chuck' Anderson (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ... Butch Williams (as Bennie Bartlett)
Lyle Talbot ... Cy Bowman
Michael Ross Michael Ross ... Big Greenie
John Harmon ... Tomcyk
Murray Alper ... Gus
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Storyline

Chuck, a reporter for The Blade newspaper, gets beaten up while trying to get a story on prison corruption, and the rest of the Bowery Boys, Slip, Sach, and Butch, get themselves arrested so that they can complete the expose from inside the prison, while serving a short---they think---six month sentence. Inside the Big House, they learn that ex-gangsters Ed Lannigan, Tom Tomcyk, and "Big Greenie", are living in the lap of luxury within the prison, by paying off Jenkins, the corrupt Captain of the Guards. And, on the side, the Boys, Sach in particular, slowly send Dr. Fordyce, the prison psychiatrist, off the deep end as they clumsily go about their investigation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doing Time See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Gorcey died just seven days before this film was released. See more »

Quotes

Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Oh boy! This reminds me of my kindergarten days! It was so long ago!
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney: So long ago? It was only last year.
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: How time flies.
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Follows Live Wires (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

(Hail, Hail,) The Gang's All Here
Music by Theodore Morse (as Theodore F. Morse) (1904)
Lyrics by Theodora Morse and Dolly Morse
Played during the opening credits
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Well, lookee here...Chuck gets thrown a bone in this one.
23 April 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Chuck, usually along just to fill one of the three back seats in the Bowery Boys jalopy, actually has a pivotal role in this entry in the series. He gets the role that was ordinarily played by Gabe Dell. But only because Gabe Dell isn't in this one.

In "Jail Busters," Chuck (David Gorcey billed as David Condon), a reporter for The Blade newspaper, gets beaten up while trying to get a story on prison corruption, and the rest of the Bowery Boys, Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall), and Butch (Bennie Bartlett), get themselves arrested so that they can complete the expose from inside the prison, while serving a short---they think---six month sentence.

Inside the Big House, they learn that ex-gangsters Ed Lannigan (Anthony Caruso), Tom Tomcyk (John Harmon) and "Big Greenie" (Michael Ross), are living in the lap of luxury within the prison, by paying off Jenkins (Barton MacLane), the corrupt Captain of the Guards.And, on the side, the Boys, Sach in particular, slowly send Dr. Fordyce (Fritz Feld), the prison psychiatrist, off the deep end as they clumsily go about their investigation.

They also learn from the new Prison Warden, Mr. Oswald (Percy Helton), that they have been framed by Bowman (Lyle Talbot), a "Blade" reporter. and are there for a full six-year term.

Outside, Chuck and Louie Dumbrowsky (Bernard Gorcey)are marked for death as they try to help Slip, Sach and Butch. Clearly, it is time for the Bowery Boys to make an exit stage-left out of the prison. Using a tunnel map given them by Hank Gaffney (Harry Tyler), their stir-crazy cellmate, they try an escape. But Gaffney's map brings them up through the floor of the Warden's office, and out of the frying pan into the fire.

Drat! What next?


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