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Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 April 1955 (USA)
Whit, condemned and awaiting execution, reviews the events of his life that has brought him to Cell 2455 on San Quentin's Death Row, a story he had told in a autobiography that became a ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

Jack DeWitt (screenplay), Caryl Chessman (based upon the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Campbell ... Whit Whittier
R. Wright Campbell ... Whit as a Boy (as Robert Campbell)
Marian Carr ... Doll
Kathryn Grant ... Jo-Anne
Harvey Stephens ... Prison Warden
Vince Edwards ... Hamilton
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Serl Whittier
Diane DeLaire Diane DeLaire ... Hallie Whittier
Bart Braverman ... Whit, as a Young Boy (as Bart Bradley)
Paul Dubov ... Al
Tyler MacDuff ... Nugent
Buck Kartalian ... Monk
Eleanor Audley ... Blanche
Thom Carney Thom Carney ... Hatcheck Charlie
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Lawyer (as Joe Forte)
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Whit, condemned and awaiting execution, reviews the events of his life that has brought him to Cell 2455 on San Quentin's Death Row, a story he had told in a autobiography that became a sensational best-seller. As a boy, the young Whit stole groceries to help feed his impoverished family, later moving on into major crime to impress a young gang moll, Jo-Anne, and turns into a cold-blooded thug when he is repudiated by the girl he loves, Doll. And by his own lawyer when he is arrested and tried as the infamous Lover's Lane Bandit. In cell 2455, he studies law to the point where he wins stay after stay, twice within minutes of his scheduled execution. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Confession before the cameras by convicted "Lover's Lane" Bandit! See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cell Block See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being promoted as the true story of Caryl Chessman, on whose book it was based, 'Cell 2455 Death Row' names its lead character 'Whit Whittier' and carries the usual disclaimer during the title credits: "The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional". See more »

Goofs

After the impact of the automobile accident, a wire pulls the car over on its side. See more »

Quotes

Whit Whittier: [narrating] What stage does a wayward boy turn into a delinquent? I guess you don't suddenly 'turn' - you 'curve' in.
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Version of Cela da Morte (1958) See more »

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Can't root for this self-educated man
2 September 2019 | by ripplinbucketheadSee all my reviews

True story of Caryl Chessman, here under the name "Whit" Whittier (Whittier being Chessman's real middle name), played by William Campbell, a juvenile delinquent who got worse and worse and worse... He eventually ends up in death row, where we are introduced to him, and his life up to that point is recounted.

Campbell does a nice job here, if not a little hammy at times. (but that's just the way he is naturally, it seems) There are other familiar faces and everyone does well, but this is really Campbell's time to shine. Knowing the events were real, the movie being based on Chessman's book of the same name, it was interesting to follow, especially knowing his became his own lawyer and basically added years to his life by studying law books.

Interestingly, this movie came out while he was on death row and is based on the first of four books he'd write, so things were still very much up in the air in the end! His wiki article is worth a look if you want to know how things turned out for him. Overall, this was pretty good. Definitely engaging. Certainly not one of those movies where you kinda secretly cheer for the fictional bad guy inside (know what I mean?), though, as he was a real, really bad guy.


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