Now Barabbas Was a Robber (1949)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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A popular British stage play by William Douglas Home was the basis for this out-of-the-ordinary prison picture. Richard Greene heads the cast as Turnfell, a murderer facing a death sentence. Turnfell is but one of several inmates whose joys and sorrows are detailed in anecdotal fashion: others include a cockney forger (William Hartnell), an embezzling bank clerk (Ronald Howard) and a bigamist (Lesley Dwyer). Also on hand is the Governor (or warden), played with a refreshing lack of genre cliches by Sir Cedric Hardwicke and an Irish terrorist, well-played by a very young Richard Burton. Now Barabbas was a Robber was eventually given a general release under the streamlined title Now Barabbas.

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bank, cashier, criminal, death-row, expensive, fiancee, group, inmate, motive, prison, ring [jewelry], sabotage