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House of Numbers (1957)

San Quentin prison inmate Arnie Judlow asks his twin brother Bill and his wife Ruth to assist him in a daring escape plan.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Jack Finney (Cosmopolitan magazine novel), Don Mankiewicz (screenplay) (as Don. M. Mankiewicz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow
Harold J. Stone ... Henry Nova - Prison Guard
Edward Platt ... The Warden
Barbara Lang ... Mrs. Ruth Judlow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Watkins ... Brother
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Storyline

Arnie Judlow, an inmate at San Quentin prison serving a life sentence for murder, devises a daring plan with his wife and his brother Bill to help him escape, part of which involves Bill and Arnie's wife posing as a married couple and moving to a house near the prison. Although the plan appears to go smoothly at first, it soon runs into a few snags--the couple move next door to a suspicious prison guard who knows Arnie and, more importantly, Bill and his brother's wife begin to find themselves attracted to each other. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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M-G-M's Thrill-Drama Actually filmed in SAN QUENTIN! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pastel Penitentiary See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,008,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$500,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,100,000, 31 December 1957
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The radio Bill and Ruth listen to about the condition of the prison guard is a Zenith R511, made 1954-55. See more »

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At the end of the film, someone presses a rubber stamp down, and when lifted up, it reveals "The End". See more »

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Number Two is a Winner!
6 April 2003 | by carolynpaetowSee all my reviews

Jack Palance is dynamite in a duel role as good/bad brothers in this dated but interesting prison-break drama. Subtle makeup variations and changes in bearing and demeanor make him easily recognizable as either the junior or senior sibling, a phenomenon which, in itself, makes the film imminently watchable. Beautiful Barbara Lang is captivating as the bad bro's missus, delivering a portrayal that belies a blonde-bimbo first impression, and talented Harold J. Stone gives a bang-up performance as a prison guard/neighbor. Much of the movie is a character study involving the brothers and the wife, but the escape scheme and its implementation provide a low-key suspense seldom seen in modern films.


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