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Jailbreak (1962)

Gaolbreak (original title)
A family of burglars and safecrackers plan a heist at a jewelry store. When one of the family--who is the safecracking expert--gets arrested and jailed, they hatch a plan to break him out so he can take part in the robbery.

Director:

Francis Searle

Writers:

A.R. Rawlinson (story), A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Reynolds ... Eddie Wallis
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Wallis (as Avice Landon)
David Kernan ... Len Rogerson
Carol White ... Carol Marshall
John Blythe ... Slim
David Gregory David Gregory ... Ron Wallis
Robert Desmond Robert Desmond ... Page
Stewart Guidotti Stewart Guidotti ... John
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Dr. Cambus
Robert Fyfe ... Wally
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Inspector Brand
Katharine Page Katharine Page ... Mrs. Harris
Sidney Vivian Sidney Vivian ... Mr. Marshall
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Marshall
Ivor Dean ... Barrington
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Storyline

A family of burglars and safecrackers plan a heist at a jewelry store. When one of the family--who is the safecracking expert--gets arrested and jailed, they hatch a plan to break him out so he can take part in the robbery.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jailbreak See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Butcher's Film Service See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's cinema, but not as we know it
13 July 2002 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

Calling "Gaolbreak", and the other output of its producers Butchers Films, a 'B' picture would be unduly flattering. More like a 'C' picture, or even a 'D' picture. A cast of unknowns, with the exception of Carol White (future star of "Cathy Come Home"), take part in a thrill-less "thriller", in which the eponymous "gaolbreak" (why the American spelling?) appears so simple that one wonders if anyone is left inside the prison.

Despite the plodding story, the film has a certain old-world charm; made in the year of my birth, it presents us with a vanished world in which policemen were avuncular but benign and crooks used no language stronger than "you nit!" Leading man Peter Reynolds bears a startling resemblance to Roger Moore ; by a curious coincidence, co-star Ivor Dean would later play dimwitted Chief Inspector Teal opposite Moore in "The Saint".


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