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Extortionist Jerry Barker (Ralph Meeker) accidentally comes upon a runaway child and uses the opportunity to take the boy and demand a ransom. After collecting the money, Barker flees when he discovers the boy has accidentally fallen to his death. The FBI becomes involved, and Barker is apprehended, but without a body, he's only sentenced for extortion. In prison, Barker is placed with hardened criminal Rollo Lambert (Broderick Crawford), who plots a breakout to get the hidden ransom.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Meeker
Jerry Barker
Reed Hadley
Special FBI Agent James Madden
Howard W. Koch
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Critic Reviews for Big House, U.S.A.

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  • Forgettable and rather unenthusiastically presented, Big House, U.S.A. is only notable for avid fans of one of the famed cast members.

    October 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 04, 2011
    This is a astonishing movie made in 1955, by Bel-Air Productions (who). I watch this via Netflixs instant watch (excellent deal); The movie was mostly filmed in the Royal Gorge of Colorado, a forgotten landmark in the United States. The scenes were breathtaking. This movie contained so many film greats. Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, William Talman, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bronson and of course child actor in 1955 Peter J. Votrian. The movie is about a young boy who runs away from summer camp only to be found by the man who wants to kidnap him. The boy dies by accident but the kidnapper goes through with collecting the ransom. It follows the story as the kidnapper is put in prison only to escape to collect the hidden money, many twist and turns, this film will make you a watcher of the forgotten Black & White Film Noir. 5 Stars I'm Hooked,.
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