1954, MGM/Park Circus, 82 min, USA, Dir: Edmond O'Brien, Howard Koch

The poster’s tagline says it all: “Dame-Hungry Killer Cop Runs Berserk!” Money-mad dirty cop Barney Nolan (Edmond O’Brien) bumps off a numbers runner and pockets $25,000 for a down payment on his dream house in the ’burbs. A deaf mute who witnessed the crime may force Barney to become a serial killer! Featuring dishy Carolyn Jones. Once again, a crackerjack script from ace crime scribe John C. Higgins, co-directed by O’Brien himself and Howard Koch (BIG HOUSE, USA). NOT ON DVD

1955, MGM/Park Circus, 83 min, USA, Dir: Howard Koch

No meaner, more vicious band of bust-out psychos was ever crammed together in one cell block: Ralph Meeker, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bronson, Lon Chaney Jr. and William Talman! Meeker plays a child kidnapper sent to the Big House after his young hostage dies. He then leads the crazed cons in a breakout to retrieve the hidden ransom! Director Howard Koch turns John C. Higgins’ twist-filled script into the most jaw-droppingly brutal prison film of the 1950s!

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