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Road to the Big House (1947)

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74 min | Crime, Drama

In 1929, middle-class bank clerk Eddie Clark, unhappy with his lot in life and jealous of prosperous George Bates, an ex-suitor of his loyal wife Agnes, steals $200,000 from his bank, with intentions of he and Agnes being in Mexico before ...See moreIn 1929, middle-class bank clerk Eddie Clark, unhappy with his lot in life and jealous of prosperous George Bates, an ex-suitor of his loyal wife Agnes, steals $200,000 from his bank, with intentions of he and Agnes being in Mexico before the theft is discovered. Agnes tries to persuade him to return the money to no avail. He is caught and sent to prison without revealing the hidden location of the loot, figuring to get it and live in luxury when his ten-year term is over. His case has received much publicity and nearly every inmate in the prison attempts to wrest the information from him. Gangsters on the outside arrange with convicts Clyde Sutter and Butch McQuinn to get the secret from him. Agnes, who has taken a waitress job in a nearby city, is also trying to find the money with the intention of returning it and getting Eddie a reduced sentence. Sutter's plan is to involve Eddie in a prison break and turn him over to the gangsters on the outside. Butch is shot during the break, and Eddie is the only one to escape. He meets Agnes in an old warehouse but she has been trailed by gangsters Kelvin and Benson. They beat him up but his life is saved by the arrival of the state police. He is returned to prison with an additional five years added to his sentence. He is released in 1947 and makes his way to the money's hiding place - a cemetery plot he had bought in 1929. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Walter Colmes (as Walter S. Colmes)
Writer
Aubrey Wisberg (screenplay) (story "The Dark Road")
Producer
Walter Colmes (as Walter S. Colmes)
Composer
Raoul Kraushaar (as Ralph Stanley)
Cinematographer
Editor
Jason H. Bernie (as Jason Bernie)
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Updated Dec 13, 1947

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Dec 13, 1947 (United States)

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18 cast members
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John Shelton
Eddie Clark Eddie Clark   See fewer
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Ann Doran
Agnes Clark Agnes Clark   See fewer
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Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Butch McQuinn (as Guinn Williams) Butch McQuinn (as Guinn Williams)   See fewer
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Richard Bailey
Clyde Sutter (as Dick Bailey) Clyde Sutter (as Dick Bailey)   See fewer
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Joseph Allen
George Bates (as Joseph Allen Jr.) George Bates (as Joseph Allen Jr.)   See fewer
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Eddie Fields
Marty Kelvin Marty Kelvin   See fewer
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Walden Boyle
Prosecutor Prosecutor   See fewer
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Jack Conrad
Collins Collins   See fewer
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Lyle Latell
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William Stelling
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Dorothy Vaughan
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Pierre Watkin
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7.2 / 10 | 16 votes