Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)

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At California's Folsom Prison, escape attempts and riots are on the rise due to the old-school sadistic style of management of a brutal warden.


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  • Mari Aldon and Steve Cochran in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
  • David Brian and Ted de Corsia in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
  • David Brian and Steve Cochran in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
  • David Brian and Steve Cochran in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
  • William Campbell, Philip Carey, Steve Cochran, and Paul Picerni in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
  • Mari Aldon, David Brian, Philip Carey, Steve Cochran, Ted de Corsia, and Scott Forbes in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)

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8 July 2011 | wes-connors
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| The Walls Have Ears
"Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison", brutal warden Ted de Corsia (as Ben Rickey) cracks down hard on inmates who don't follow the rules, tripling sentences and making sure troublemakers are either shot dead or smacked upside the head. He favors hard-edged discipline, but newly arrived captain David Brian (as Mark Benson) wants Folsom to try a more humane approach with the prisoners. As the two men clash, the inmates contemplate the hellish conditions. Serving a life term, leader Steve Cochran (as Chuck Daniels) is planning an escape. Future "One Life to Live" star Philip Carey (as Red Pardue) wants to stay out of trouble...

Another in a long line of Warner Bros. productions encouraging better conditions those confined for wrongdoing, this one was written and directed by veteran actor Crane Wilbur. He makes the point. Supposedly, this film inspired Johnny Cash to write his classic "Folsom Prison Blues" (1955), but there are no train whistles, and plenty of sunshine herein; in fact, Mr. Cash copped his song from Gordon Jenkins' album "Seven Dreams" (1953). The escape plotted by Mr. Cochran is captivating. Early in the running time, "Dark Shadows" paroled convict Anthony George is the man holding the knife up near Mr. De Corsia's jugular.

****** Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (5/18/51) Crane Wilbur ~ Steve Cochran, David Brian, Philip Carey, Ted de Corsia

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