Within These Walls (1945)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Release Date - May 31, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this prison drama, a stern hanging judge is assigned to take over a chaotic prison. There he imposes an almost inhumanly strict regimen of discipline on the inmates. He is similarly rigid and harsh with his own two children. Later his compassionate daughter befriends a wrongfully convicted model prisoner who works as the warden's chauffeur. His son becomes a hardened criminal and ends up incarcerated in his father's prison. There he and several other inmates conspire to bust out. Later he sees inmates threatening his father and sacrifices his life to save him. The enraged judge then shoots the convict who killed his son. In the end, the experience changes the judge who becomes a more humane warden in favor of prison reform.

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assignment, chauffeur, convict, criminal, daughter, death, delinquency, discipline, false-accusation, family-member, father, institution, justice, killing, life-savings, love, modeling, prison, redemption, reform [improve], relentlessness, revenge, riot [uprising], romance, sacrifice, scheme, self-sacrifice, sentence [penal system], shoot-out, son, warden