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Convicts Four Details


Based on the autobiography of convicted killer John Resko (played here by Ben Gazzara), this routine biographical drama looks at the crucial years between 1931 and 1949 in the convict's life. That period begins when Resko is convicted of killing a store owner and is sentenced to life in prison. After his arrival in prison Resko eventually gets involved in creating art, an activity that leads to a transformation in his character. That change became evident enough to garner the attention of the powers-that-be and by 1949, Resko receives a pardon. The prison system is shown as improving between the killer's first internment and his release, which in itself might make some viewers wonder what happened then, in the years between 1949 and the present. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Ben Gazzara
as John Resko
Stuart Whitman
as Principal Keeper
Ray Walston
as Iggy
Vincent Price
as Carl Carmer
Rod Steiger
as Tiptoes
Broderick Crawford
as Warden
Dodie Stevens
as Resko's Sister
Jack Kruschen
as Resko's Father
Sammy Davis, Jr.
as Wino
Carmen Phillips
as Resko's Wife
Timothy Carey
as Nick
Tom Gilson
as Lefty
Arthur Malet
as Storekeeper
Myron Healey
as Gunther
Josip Elic
as Barber
Jack Albertson
as Art Teacher
Robert Harris
as Commissionar
Andy Albin
as Con
John Kellogg
as 1st Guard
Adam Williams
as 2nd Guard
Robert Christopher
as 3rd Guard
John Close
as 6th Guard
Reggie Nalder
as Greer
Susan Silo
as Resko's Daughter


Millard Kaufman
Millard Kaufman
John Resko
Book Author
Joseph Biroc
Leonard Rosenman
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Richmond
Art Director
Joseph Kish
Set Designer
Milt Olsen
Special Effects