Synopsis by Nicole Gagne
This adaptation of William Saroyan's 1941 one-act play is the final film by the great director James Whale. He made Hello out There in 1950 as part of producer Huntington Hartford's omnibus movie Face to Face, but it was deleted shortly before its release in 1952 and remained unseen until 1967, when film historian Raymond Rohauer arranged to have it screened at Hartford's Gallery of Modern Art in New York City. Hello out There takes place on a single set, a stylized jail, in which a young man (Harry Morgan, then still calling himself "Henry") is being held under a false accusation of rape. He befriends Ethel Smith (Marjorie Steele, wife of producer Hartford) who cleans the jail and cooks meals for the prisoners, and the two fall in love. Their relationship is cruelly ended when a mob attacks the jail and kills the young man.