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Murder in the Big House

Murder in the Big House

Faye Emerson
Director: B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Cast: Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
, Van Johnson
Van Johnson
, George Meeker
George Meeker
B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason


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Murder in the Big House was a remake of the 1936 Warner Bros. programmer Jailbreak. In his first starring role, Van Johnson plays reporter Bert Bell, who wonders how it came to be that death-row inmate Dapper Dan Mallory (Michael Ames) was "accidentally" killed just before his appointment with the electric chair. Digging a little deeper, Bell discovers that Dapper Dan was planning to make a big revelation just before his execution, one which would expose the corrupt political machine for which he worked. With the help of heroine Gladys Wayne (Faye Emerson) and perenially drunken columnist Scoop Connor (George Meeker), Bell contrives to have himself thrown in jail to solve the mystery. Though the film passed unnoticed when first released, Murder in the Big House raked in a pile of cash when it was reissued as Born to Trouble in 1945, by which time Van Johnson had become the hottest male star in the movies.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2018
UPC: 0888574623371
Original Release: 1942
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 0:59:00
Sales rank: 65,835

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Faye Emerson Gladys Wayne
Van Johnson Bert Bell
George Meeker "Scoop" Conner
Frank Wilcox Randall
Roland Drew "Mile-Away" Gordon
Ruth Ford Mrs. Gordon
Joseph Crehan Jim Ainslee
William Gould Warden John Bevins
Douglas Wood Bill Burgen
John Maxwell Prison Doctor
Dick Rich Guard
Fred Kelsey Keeper
Jack Mower Ramstead
Creighton Hale Ritter
Henry Hall Chaplain
Tod Andrews "Dapper Dan" Malloy
Patrick McVey Chief Electrician
William "Bill" Phillips Mike

Technical Credits
B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Chodorov Original Story
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
William Jacobs Producer
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Terry O. Morse Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Reticker Art Director
Raymond Schrock Screenwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Murder in the Big House
1. Chapter 1 [8:41]
2. Chapter 2 [9:26]
3. Chapter 3 [9:51]
4. Chapter 4 [9:20]
5. Chapter 5 [7:56]
6. Chapter 6 [9:10]
7. Chapter 7 [3:56]
8. Chapter 8 [:42]

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