Jail Bait

Jail Bait

Downloadable Video - 1954
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A young man is dragged into a live of crime and forces his plastic surgeon to alter the face of the villain.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Chest Media Group : Made available through hoopla, 1954.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 73 min.)) : sd., col.


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Jun 08, 2015

From film synopsis above: The tragic tale of a youth led into crime and then forced to alter his face through plastic surgery to avoid capture.

This is just incorrect - but doesn't give away the ending.

It was fun watching this 1954 b@w film - the various studio sets, the cars, etc. Not a great work of art, but a slice of the past most of us have missed.

Steve Reeves was looking very handsome, but considerably physically smaller than he became later, as in Giant of Marathon which i did see as a youth at Admiral Theater in West Seattle.

Apr 02, 2015

Yes. 1954's "Jail Bait" (with its cardboard sets, its poverty-row production values, its cheap atmosphere, etc., etc.) is a perfect example of cinematic ineptitude like no other - But, hey, that's because it's an Ed Wood picture (which, pretty much, explains everything). And being an Ed Wood production, I don't think that it could (or should) be any other way.

Apparently inspired by the TV show "Dragnet", within the first 10 minutes of Jail Bait's dry and clumsy story of murder, robbery and plastic surgery miracles, you'll be glad to know that this film's running time is only a mere 70 minutes. So having to endure the unbearable is over soon enough.

One notable detail about Jail Bait is that it co-starred the 28-year-old "Mr. Universe", bodybuilder Steve Reeves, as Lt. Bob Lawrence, in one of his first screen-roles. 4 years later Reeves would go on to star as Hercules and instantly become one of filmdom's most famous bronzed gods.

All-in-all - Regardless of this film's low, 1.5-star rating (which is all it deserves), I still think it's worth a view purely from a nostalgic standpoint.


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