New York gangster Bart Galvin (Richard Conte) is sent to a prison-farm in Florida for killing one of his enemies in Miami. Once there, he learns that, in the particular prison he is serving his sentence, "trustees" ate made to guard other prisoners ,and that, should a trustee actually shoot an escaping prisoner, the trustee is given his freedom. Being smart, Glavin quickly decides he had rather be a trustee instead of an other prisoner, via bribery he quickly becomes a trustee. He hatches an escape plan and, using a bribe of $25,000 , he sends prisoner Samuel Gower (Sam Jaffe), who has a starving wife and child, into the woods. Gower doesn't quite make the woods, as Galnin shoots him in the back before he gets very far. Galvin gets his freedom and heads for the border, but there is a determined sheriff, Bill Langley (John McIntire) who has heard of the deal through the prison grapevine...and he is on Galvin's tail.Written by
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Richard Conte is a big city gangster who ends up in a southern prison work farm. He tries to scheme and manipulate his way out, driven by thoughts of revenge. It's a solid piece of work, flows nicely, has some clever ideas and good photography. Conte is in fine form, supported by an array of wonderful character actors, including Sam Jaffe, John McIntyre, Richard Taber and one of the first appearances by the great Royal Dano. Audrey Totter gets second billing, but for most of the running time she's out of the picture. Can't think of much else to say at the moment... just a really engaging flick.
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