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The opening and closing cast credits are in a different order. An opening title card states: "We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the officers and men of the Alhambra Police Department, Alhambra, California--the Temple City Sheriff's Substation, Temple City, California--and the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Police Department--all who made the filming of this picture possible." According to the onscreen credits, some scenes were shot at the Monterey Theatre in Monterey Park, CA and at the Hunters' Inn in Temple City, CA.
       Veteran actor Herbert Rawlinson died of lung cancer immediately after the completion of filming of Jail Bait ; this was his last released film. Jail Bait marked the feature film debut of body builder Steve Reeves (1926--2000), who went on to portray Hercules in a number of Italian films. The Var review erroneously refers to actor Timothy Farrell as "Tim Speril." A modern source states that the film's executive producers/distributors added a comedy sequence, purportedly taking place at the about-to-be-robbed theater, to the completed film. The sequence featured Cotton and Chick Watts and was from Ron Ormond's 1951 minstrel film, Yes Sir, Mr. Bones . However, in the video release of Jail Bait , that sequence has been replaced by one featuring a striptease dancer. Jail Bait's music score was used in an earlier Howco production Mesa of Lost Women . In the latter film, the score's composer was credited as Hoyt S. ... More Less

The opening and closing cast credits are in a different order. An opening title card states: "We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the officers and men of the Alhambra Police Department, Alhambra, California--the Temple City Sheriff's Substation, Temple City, California--and the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Police Department--all who made the filming of this picture possible." According to the onscreen credits, some scenes were shot at the Monterey Theatre in Monterey Park, CA and at the Hunters' Inn in Temple City, CA.
       Veteran actor Herbert Rawlinson died of lung cancer immediately after the completion of filming of Jail Bait ; this was his last released film. Jail Bait marked the feature film debut of body builder Steve Reeves (1926--2000), who went on to portray Hercules in a number of Italian films. The Var review erroneously refers to actor Timothy Farrell as "Tim Speril." A modern source states that the film's executive producers/distributors added a comedy sequence, purportedly taking place at the about-to-be-robbed theater, to the completed film. The sequence featured Cotton and Chick Watts and was from Ron Ormond's 1951 minstrel film, Yes Sir, Mr. Bones . However, in the video release of Jail Bait , that sequence has been replaced by one featuring a striptease dancer. Jail Bait's music score was used in an earlier Howco production Mesa of Lost Women . In the latter film, the score's composer was credited as Hoyt S. Curtin. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 May 1954
p. 3.
The Exhibitor
12 Jan 1955
p. 3899.
Variety
19 May 1954
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Howco Picture Presentation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Lighting
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
Dial coach
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Hidden Face
Release Date:
July 1954
Production Date:
early July 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Howco Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 July 1954
Copyright Number:
LP3883
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Processing by Pathé Laboratory
Duration(in mins):
70
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16988
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Marilyn Gregor bails her brother Don out of jail for carrying a hand gun without a licence, police inspector Johns tells his colleague, Lt. Bob Lawrence, that he regrets that Don is apparently involved with a minor gangster, Vic Brady, as Don’s father, Boris Gregor, is a highly respected plastic surgeon. At home, after Marilyn and Don argue about his behavior, Don retrieves another gun he has hidden and leaves just as his father returns. Don heads for a bar where he meets Brady and receives his share of the profits from a robbery they have committed. Johns and Lawrence, who know Brady’s hangouts, enter and frisk Don for weapon possession, but he has passed the gun to Brady. Don and Brady then leave for a theater to steal the payroll intended for the entire theater circuit. They break in and, at gunpoint, force the armed night watchman to open the safe containing the payroll. However, as Brady counts the cash, a secretary who has been working late surprises them. Brady shoots the secretary, and when the night watchman attempts to shoot Brady, Don kills him. Although Don is traumatized by what he has done, he drives off with Brady. A police car pursues them, but they manage to evade the officers. When Johns investigates the killing, he discovers that the night watchman was a recently retired police officer and that the secretary is not seriously injured. At his apartment, Brady tells his girl friend, Loretta, that he is worried about Don turning himself in to the police. The next night, after the secretary has identified Don as the killer, Don goes to his father’s office and ... +


After Marilyn Gregor bails her brother Don out of jail for carrying a hand gun without a licence, police inspector Johns tells his colleague, Lt. Bob Lawrence, that he regrets that Don is apparently involved with a minor gangster, Vic Brady, as Don’s father, Boris Gregor, is a highly respected plastic surgeon. At home, after Marilyn and Don argue about his behavior, Don retrieves another gun he has hidden and leaves just as his father returns. Don heads for a bar where he meets Brady and receives his share of the profits from a robbery they have committed. Johns and Lawrence, who know Brady’s hangouts, enter and frisk Don for weapon possession, but he has passed the gun to Brady. Don and Brady then leave for a theater to steal the payroll intended for the entire theater circuit. They break in and, at gunpoint, force the armed night watchman to open the safe containing the payroll. However, as Brady counts the cash, a secretary who has been working late surprises them. Brady shoots the secretary, and when the night watchman attempts to shoot Brady, Don kills him. Although Don is traumatized by what he has done, he drives off with Brady. A police car pursues them, but they manage to evade the officers. When Johns investigates the killing, he discovers that the night watchman was a recently retired police officer and that the secretary is not seriously injured. At his apartment, Brady tells his girl friend, Loretta, that he is worried about Don turning himself in to the police. The next night, after the secretary has identified Don as the killer, Don goes to his father’s office and confesses to the killing. Dr. Gregor tells him to turn himself in, or he will. At that moment, Johns and Lawrence come to visit Dr. Gregor and after Don promises his father that he will surrender later, he leaves by a rear exit. In the alley, Brady surprises Don and takes him back to his apartment where they hear a radio report announcing that they are being sought for the killing of the watchman. When a contrite Don attempts to go to the police, Brady shoots him twice at point-blank range, killing him. Brady then hides Don’s body in a closet until he can dump it in the river. After Marilyn informs her father that Don is missing and has not given himself up, Brady phones the doctor and asks him to come to his apartment. When Dr. Gregor and Marilyn arrive, Brady holds them at gunpoint and orders the doctor to change his facial characteristics so that no one will be able to identify him. Brady threatens to kill Don if the doctor refuses to cooperate immediately. Marilyn, a trained nurse, agrees to assist her father in the delicate surgery. When the doctor states that he will have to administer anesthesia, Brady hands the gun to Loretta and informs the doctor that Don is being held by associates who will kill him unless Brady contacts them in the morning. When the doctor goes into the kitchen for hot water, he discovers his son’s dead body. Later, after the operation is completed, Brady’s face is almost totally concealed by bandages. Expecting that Loretta will kill them, the doctor warns her that there could be complications resulting from the surgery and that she still might need their skills. Dr. Gregor then tells her to bring Brady to his home in two weeks for the removal of the bandages. Two weeks later, Brady and Loretta arrive at the Gregor house and promise to release Don once the bandages are removed. Johns and Lawrence, alerted by Gregor, also arrive. When Gregor removes the bandages, the newly constructed face he reveals is that of his dead son, Don. Johns has brought the theater secretary with him and she immediately identifies Brady as the man who killed the night watchman. After Brady looks in a hand mirror and realizes how Gregor has tricked him, he runs out and is followed by Johns and Lawrence. After catching up to Brady, Johns shoots and kills him. Brady's body falls into a swimming pool.
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