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House of Numbers (1957)

San Quentin prison inmate Arnie Judlow asks his twin brother Bill and his wife Ruth to assist him in a daring escape plan.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Jack Finney (Cosmopolitan magazine novel), Don Mankiewicz (screenplay) (as Don. M. Mankiewicz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow
Harold J. Stone ... Henry Nova - Prison Guard
Edward Platt ... The Warden
Barbara Lang ... Mrs. Ruth Judlow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Watkins ... Brother
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Storyline

Arnie Judlow, an inmate at San Quentin prison serving a life sentence for murder, devises a daring plan with his wife and his brother Bill to help him escape, part of which involves Bill and Arnie's wife posing as a married couple and moving to a house near the prison. Although the plan appears to go smoothly at first, it soon runs into a few snags--the couple move next door to a suspicious prison guard who knows Arnie and, more importantly, Bill and his brother's wife begin to find themselves attracted to each other. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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One man did what no other man had ever done before! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pastel Penitentiary See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,008,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The radio Bill and Ruth listen to about the condition of the prison guard is a Zenith R511, made 1954-55. See more »

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At the end of the film, someone presses a rubber stamp down, and when lifted up, it reveals "The End". See more »

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Far-fetched, but intriguing prison-break nonsense
13 May 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

San Quentin inmate Jack Palance hatches quite a scheme to get out of jail--get his lookalike brother to trade places with him in prison for a day while he constructs a foxhole to hide in, leading to his and his brother's escape. Filmed on-location in Cinemascope at San Quentin prison, with officers and inmates used as extras. It's a ludicrous plot, but the director keeps everything very low-keyed, and Jack Palance is excellent in demanding dual role. Extraordinarily silly, but so well-made you may be absorbed and interested despite yourself. Harold Stone is steely-eyed and cunning as a prison guard and Edward Platt(later of TV's "Get Smart")is believably sympathetic as the nicest prison warden you'll ever see. Barbara Lang also good as the convict's wife, obviously cast for her platinum hair and curvy figure, but giving a grounded, natural performance without showy airs.


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