Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.
Book thief/forger sells a fake book to a Nazi through a female agent. A detective tries to uncover who the forger is and gets in the middle of a three way struggle for rare books and revenge in a public library.
John Francis Larkin
After eluding numerous convictions for ten years, New York City notorious criminal Lou Gannon is finally convicted for armed robbery and murder. He is sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison. Once there, Gannon is already planning his escape. He meets several inmates that he already knew on the outside. One of them is old acquaintance Doc, fourteen years into a long sentence. Doc knows the prison better than the guards themselves. Another key man is Ed 'Bugsy' Kyle. He's a violent psychopath who is the most feared inmate and who controls the rest of the inmates. Doc, Bugsy and their tight group agree to allow Gannon be in charge when he reveals that he has an escape plan involving organized help from outside the prison. Gannon's cellmate, young criminal Rudy Hernandez is a former gang member who wanted to go straight, had a job and wanted to get married to his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Rudy messed up and agreed to be the getaway driver for a gang during a hold-up. For this...Written by
The joy of this movie is that it filled with generic (corny) lines and situations throughout, yet it is still a great yarn. Some friends and I discovered this flick accidentally on TV years ago in the 70's and it has enjoyed a surreptitious cult-like status ever since. With lines like, "I can't eat, I can't sleep, food turns sour in my belly," and characters with a name like Bugsy, and a very young Robert Blake spouting, "Oh, holy Toledo!" you just cannot go wrong watching this movie with some friends. I challenge anybody who sees this movie to try and not quote at least one of the many unforgettable lines for days and/or years after seeing Lou and the gangs travails inside the unforgiving walls of "the big house."
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