|Nov. 30th, 2013 09:46 am "Big House USA" would inspire a fine Quentin Taratino remake|
"Big House USA" opens with the leading man Jerry Barker (Ralph Meeker) taking advantage of a sick child. Bad things happen and Barker, a.k,a. the Iceman, ends up in jail with the likes of Broderick Crawford, Lon Chaney Jr. & Charles Bronson.Leave a comment
"Big House USA" works when this Rogue's Gallery is on camera. The interaction between Crawford, Meeker, Chaney & Bronson is authentic, dark with gallows humor. There are moments of sadism involving blow torches & betrayal, rare for 1955,
The fllm falters when conforming to 1955 conventions;
the confusing Elliot Ness imitation voice over,
the pat "crime does not pay" conclusion
and the over the top dramatic musical score.