The Art of Cinema #411


Riot in Cell Block 11
(Don Siegel; 1954)

3 comments:

Marshall-Stacks said...

ANY movie that Frank Faylen was in, is great to watch;
Seigel's name was on a tombstone in a western once - possibly a Clint pic.
and Mr Seigel's CV contains 2 of my all time favourites:
The Killers, and
Kill Charley Varrick.
God I love Technicolor.
The Seigel-produced Faces (1968) gave Steven Speilberg his first directing gig, a one-day gift from Cassavetes (who was also in The Killers - everything is in circles.
Seigel gave us a great scene in that when Lee Marvin pistol whips a blind receptionist and as she lies on the floor unconscious he leans down, puts a finger to his lips and says "Sshhsh").

42nd Street Memories said...

Producer Walter Wanger conceptualized this film while he was doing time for shooting his wife's (Joan Bennett)agent. He suspected the two of having an affair.

Neville Brand would receive a British Oscar (BAFTA) nomination.

Leo Gordon, another great character actor and real life ex-con, had to enter and exit through a separate check point for extensive searching.

Jerry Kovar

Kreisler said...

Prefer the riot in block no 9