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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
The film was not actually shot in widescreen. It was converted to CinemaScope in the final print after having been shot in standard Academy ratio, much like some films which are "matted" after having been shot in Academy ratio. The process used was contemporary of SuperScope and a forerunner of Super 35. It was filmed using spherical lenses at an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. In the printing process, the images were cropped to a height of 2 perforations giving them an aspect ratio of 2.36:1. The images were then stretched vertically to a height of 4 perforations, at which point they conformed to the standard CinemaScope-2 format. See more »
At the end of the film, someone presses a rubber stamp down, and when lifted up, it reveals "The End". See more »
A convict enlists his wife and his brother to help him bust out. This one has two interesting elements. One, it's actually filmed at San Quentin, lending the picture some realism. Two, both brothers -- although not twins -- are played by Jack Palance. The breakout scheme is beautifully detailed, clever and intricate. It's a nice piece of business. Palance is okay but not at his best, and although Barbara Lang gets the job done, she doesn't leave a lasting impression. Two smaller roles jump out: Harold J. Stone as the creepy guard, and a cellmate played by the great Tim Carey, who can always be counted on for an eccentric performance. I typically enjoy a good prison break movie (much like I enjoy heist films) so I was happy with it, but if you're not a fan of the genre you can probably skip this one. Beyond the mechanics of executing the plan, the film doesn't offer much of interest.
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