The Big House

The Big House

Movie: The Big House
Director: George W. Hill
Produced by: Cosmopolitan, MGM
Released By: MGM
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Not the first of the prison pictures, but the one that truly put the genre on the map. Playboy Kent, driving drunk, kills a couple of pedestrians and is sentenced to a 10-year manslaughter term. His cellmate is forger Morgan, a tough but essentially decent con, the cell-block leader is Butch, whose outer oafishness hides a cruel, calculating mind. Butch lives for the day that he can bust out and doesn’t care who gets hurt along the way. Panicking, Kent “rats” on Butch and is murdered during the climactic breakout as a consequence. Morgan behaves courageously, saving the warden and the guards from Butch’s wrath, as a reward, Morgan earns a reduced sentence and the love of Kent’s sister Anne. Remarkably brutal for an MGM film, The Big House established not only the grimy mise-en-scene of prison life, but also a whole new glossary of slang terms and a veritable menagerie of movie “types,” from the firm but kindly prison chaplain to the embittered lifer. The film was gloriously lampooned by Laurel & Hardy’s Pardon Us, in which Walter Long played the Beery counterpart.

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