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Burt Lancaster had one of his first starring roles in this hard-hitting prison drama. Capt. Munsey (Hume Cronyn) is a cruel, corrupt prison guard who has his own less-than-ethical ways of dealing with inmates, enough so that Joe Collins (Lancaster) -- the toughest inmate in the cell block -- has decided to break out. Collins tries to persuade Gallagher (Charles Bickford), the unofficial leader of the inmates and editor of the prison newspaper, to join him, but Gallagher thinks Collins' plan won't work. However, Collins does have the support of his cellmates, most of whom, like himself, wandered into a life of crime thanks to love and good intentions. Tom Lister (Whit Bissell) was an accountant who altered the books so he could buy his wife a mink coat. Soldier (Howard Duff) fell in love with an Italian girl during World War II and took the rap for her when she murdered her father. Collins pulled a bank job to raise money to pay for an operation that could possibly get his girl out of a wheelchair. And Spencer (John Hoyt) made the mistake of getting involved with a female con artist. After Munsey drives Tom to suicide and prevents Gallagher from obtaining parole, Gallagher joins up with Collins and his men in the escape attempt. Director Jules Dassin would next direct the influential noir drama The Naked City; six years later, he would move to Europe after political blacklisting prevented him from continuing to work in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Joe Collins
Hume Cronyn
as Capt. Munsey
Charles Bickford
as Gallagher
Yvonne De Carlo
as Gina
Ann Blyth
as Ruth
Howard Duff
as Soldier
Ella Raines
as Cora
Roman Bohnen
as Warden Barnes
Edmund Cobb
as Bradley
Jeff Corey
as Freshman
Jay C. Flippen
as Hodges
Richard Gaines
as McCollum
John Hoyt
as Spencer
Sam Levene
as Louie
Charles McGraw
as Andy
Jack Overman
as Kid Coy
Frank Puglia
as Ferrara
Wally Rose
as Peary
Art Smith
as Dr. Walters
Tom Steele
as Machine Gunner #1
Ray Teal
as Jackson
Crane Whitley
as Armed Guard in Drain Pipe
Alex Frazer
as Chaplain
Eddy Chandler
as Guard
Frank Marlowe
as Prisoner
Gene Roth
as Hoffman
Glenn Strange
as Tompkins
Guy Beach
as Convict Foreman
Hal Malone
as Young Inmate
Whit Bissell
as Tom Lister
Vince Barnett
as Mugsy
Kenneth MacDonald
James Bell
as Crenshaw
Virginia Farmer
as Sadie
Ruth Sanderson
as Miss Lawrence
Kippee Valez
as Visitor
Paul Bryar
as Harry
Howard Mitchell
as Guard
Herbert Heywood
as Chef
Francis McDonald
as Regan
Rex Lease
as Hearse Driver
Al Ferguson
as Guard
Al Hill
as Plonski
Billy Wayne
as Prisoner
Blanche Obronska
as Young Girl

Crew

Jules Dassin
Director
Mark Hellinger
Producer
Richard Brooks
Screenwriter
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Charles Wyrick
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
David S. Horsley
Special Effects
Fred Frank
First Assistant Director
Jacques Gordon
Consultant/advisor
Bud Westmore
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